Yves Klein Leaps into the IKB Void

Patrick LeMieux

Yves Klein Leaps into the IKB Void

Blue Sanwa JLF joystick, IPAC, Power Mac G4,

Flash Application, digital projector, wood, paint

36" x 18" x 18"

November 1, 2008

Yves Klein

Monochrome Blue, Untitled

Blue paint on canvas

77" x 60"


Scale reproduction by Patrick LeMieux

Yves Klein Leaps into the IKB Void (2008) suspends the artist's body as depicted in the photograph Leap into the Void (1960), originally published in Dimanche - Le Journal d'un Seul Jour on Sunday, November 27th 1960. Finally free of gravity, neither flying nor falling, Klein's horizontal momentum is made consistent as if floating between the aerial, the aquatic, and the extraterrestrial. In the style of a side-scrolling shooter, Yves Klein's body tilts up and down according to the player's influence while textured International Klein Blue (IKB) monochromes pan in the background, their pigment suspended in clear resin.

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At the J. Wayne Reitz Union

in Gainesville, FL on February 16 to March 7, 2009

At the School of Art and Art History

in Gainesville, FL on November 6, 2008