Lot 392 - Lydia Okumura - Untitled
Pen on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
Lydia Okumura was born in 1948 to Japanese parents in São Paulo, Brazil. In the 1970s, influenced by the new art movements in Japan and North America, she initiated the first Conceptual Art show in Brazil with fellow students at the SESC Vila Nova in São Paulo. As part of the collective Equipe3, along with Genilson Soares and Francisco Iñarra, Okumura was invited to participate in the 1973 São Paulo Biennial, for which they created a site-specific abstract environment, Points of View. This formative early installation was a precursor to Okumura’s sustained investigation of the intersections between two- and three-dimensional space, creating precise geometric illusions through modest interventions.
Okumura moved to New York in 1974, where she attended the Pratt Graphics Center and collaborated on Sol LeWitt’s Minimalist wall drawings, to which her own works have been compared. Okumura creates her ‘Situations’ by painting directly on walls, connecting geometric shapes with pieces of string and drawn graphite lines that result in deceptively simple optical illusions. As the artist explains, “I longed to combine the idea of dimensions – from three-dimensional to flat surfaces – to multi-dimensions perceptible by the mind”.