Carlos Schwartz

ESP (1966). Lives and works in Madrid and Berlin.

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Playa del Triunfo
Laberinto de luz
2014. Light installation. Image: sketch
Produced by: BIACI

Installed in gardens next to the walled perimeter of Cartagena, on the Calle del Triunfo, Laberintos de luz (Light labyrinths) projects a paper castle as a metaphor of the bureaucratic walls we are subject to today. The piece enjoys a formal harmony between the Japanese albums that fold and unfold.

The use of light as a fundamental element is not accidental. It plays an important role in Schawrtz’s work by redefining, transcending, and sublimating the object that it represents, taking the form of a visual metaphor. Light, due to its nature, acts as both a wave that illuminates the visual space and as a particle whose energy expands beyond physical boundaries. This last quality is juxtaposed against the solid quality of the defensive barriers, since light particles travel through space infinitely.

At the ground level, the metallic structures with fluorescent lights cover the garden, coming against trees and palms at an angle. This is reminiscent of Paul Klee’s star deconstruction exercises, where he would deconstruct a six-pointed star illuminating the various sections. The superimposed layers seek to generate the impression of a castle of light next to the city wall.

The interaction between past and present—stone and light—invites us to reflect on the physical and bureaucratic boundaries of a globalized world and simultaneously produces a spiritual experience in the viewer as he contemplates the labyrinth of light.