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Elias Crespin

(Caracas, 1965)

Elias Crespin’s work combines two universes: art and programming. Trained as a computer programmer, it was the encounter with the work of Jesús Rafael Soto that led him to discover the potential of abstraction as a form of mathematical representation. His first artwork, Malla electrocinética I (2004), is the result of a reflexive process about the mathematics of movement: by using motors controlled by personalized software, he manages to animate geometric modules whose kinetic metamorphosis alludes to dance as much as to mathematical analysis.

In 2018, Crespin was commissioned by the Louvre Museum to develop L’Onde du Midi (2020), a large-scale mobile sculpture in which 128 metal cylinders hang from nylon cables connected to programmed motors that generate algorithmically-driven movement. The undulations and transformations of the work create a choreography whose motif are the lines and planes of the museum’s architecture, materializing the abstraction of the formal continuities between work and space.

Crespin’s research thus concerns time, form, and movement, not only as kinetic elements, tied to aesthetics, but also as mathematical elements, tied to analysis and programming.

Currently, Crespin lives and works in Paris, France.