Fragmento, In-Process presents seven Brazilian artists articulating notions of fragmentation and proliferation in their work.
ABOUT THE exhibition
Fragmento, In-Process presents seven Brazilian artists articulating notions of fragmentation and proliferation in their work: Alice Quaresma, Bia Monteiro, Gustavo Prado, Julia Brandão, Júlia Pontés, Mateu Velasco and Vitoria Hadba. These artists use photography, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, and photomontage to juxtapose peculiar shapes, textures, objects, landscapes, bodies, and characters.
In Vitoria Hadba’s prints, lines lead our eyes outside the picture plane, while gaps between the photographs from Júlia Pontés’ series, Pig Iron, indicate the suspended space in which the artist’s performative body becomes a “void.” In Bia Monteiro’s photographs “tropicalness” is only suggested. Instead of capturing images of palm trees and foliage––the stereotypical idea of Brazilianness––Monteiro’s dialogue between the natural and the artificial is established through the residue of modern architecture.
It is also within the Brazilian urban spaces that Mateu Velasco situates his proliferation of forms and themes; his street-art-inspired characters could have just as well inhabited public walls such as the modern fragments found in Monteiro’s work. On the other hand, Julia Brandão’s proliferations are repurposed from the fashion world and retain the dynamism of urban life; these sculptural textiles breed knots, earrings, buttons, and fringes, resulting in a relationship with an adorned, but implicit body.
The implicit body is also explored by Alice Quaresma, whose practice describes photography and painting as in-process mediums, eschewing traditional readings of landscape and abstraction. Both Quaresma and Gustavo Prado trigger recollections of the most famous narrative in Brazilian art history: neo-concretism. Prado’s Contortionist series consists of flexible loop-like sculptures made to be handled and reconfigured, an homage to Brazilian Lygia Clark’s participatory works, which emerged from neo- concretism. These processes, based on the articulation of proliferation and/or fragmentation, can be understood as ways of re-accessing notions of Brazil. But in these works, Brazil is not idealized; it is not marked as a site for an expat’s nostalgia; instead, it is a place to be reimagined, regurgitated, multiplied, and recollected.
Presented by AnnexB and b[x] Gallery, Fragmento, In-Process is curated by Tatiane Schilaro.
b[x] Gallery, 203 Harrison Place, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY
Dates: November 3 - December 8, 2017
Opening reception: November 3, 2017 | 6-9pm