Clarissa Tossin: Maia Blue | Pedro Motta: Garden of Leisure

Luisa Strina Gallery, Sao Paulo

The Luisa Gallery strina is pleased to present the exhibitions “Azul Maia”, by Clarissa Tossin, and “Jardim do Ócio”, by Pedro Motta.

Tossin's solo show features unpublished works from the series The Mayans and Meeting of the Watersin addition to the video Ch'u Mayaa [Mayan Blue]. The Mayans explores (re)appropriation, (mis)representation and (mis)translation in a series of sculptures based on the The Mayan Theatre, in Los Angeles – a prototypical example of the modern architectural style known as the Mayan Revival of the 1920s and 1930s in the Americas, which co-opted architecture and iconography from pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures. Silicone prints from the walls and doors inside the cinema are combined with figurative gestures borrowed from other Mayan images, particularly that of performers adorning ceramic vases and murals. Using synthetic materials that reference Mayan cosmology, such as imitation jaguar fur, quetzal feathers, snakeskin and dyed plaster in place of ceramics, the series of sculptures explores the performative quality of ancient Mayan constructions by enhancing the fake content of the images. printed on silicone.

The individual exhibition by Pedro Motta brings the unprecedented series Garden of Leisure, consisting of about 70 photographs taken between 2012 and 2018. It is a record of aspects of the topography of facades of buildings on the outskirts of São João del-Rei, suspension of time/space, lapse, postponement of a project for the future . When exploring the architectural redundancies in the interior of Minas Gerais, Pedro Motta combines the documentary nature, highlighting the similarities and recurrences between the constructions, with the record of the inventiveness of informal solutions (sometimes in line with the disregard for recent ruins), that give individuality to each one. The garden that Motta presents us with is not a pleasant, pleasant garden. It does not necessarily lend itself to delight, since it focuses on the aridity of a landscape modeled by the subject who inhabits it. Thus, this kind of archeology of the present time operates paradoxically: both as a stimulus to the imagination, a space of fruition and freedom, and as a place of impossibility.


Clarissa Tossin: Azul Maia
Pedro Motta: Garden of Leisure
Opening: 11/08/18, 7pm-9pm
Visitation: until 12/21/18; Monday to Friday, 10am–7pm; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.
Gallery Luisa Strina: Rua Padre João Manuel, 755, São Paulo. Free entrance.

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