Daniel Albuquerque

by Julia Lima

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Daniel Albuquerque's work is marked by experimentation with materials. But, in fact, his production does not begin with a clash with weaves, textures and densities. His response is immediate when we talk about the various subjects that interest him: his research starts, first, from intuitions and poetics that he develops. The existing discourse in the artist's work is less of a protagonist than the affective relationships, his own personal experiences and clashes, the curiosities and the risks he takes in the realization of different materializations.

This does not mean that his works are shells devoid of content, or just the veneer of things, on the contrary. The connection is what happens in a different way than what we are used to seeing in part of contemporary production. Coming from a background in fashion, but also going through courses and specializations in history and philosophy, Albuquerque was a student at Parque Lage, a space where he started to develop a more coherent and dedicated body of work. His process takes place spontaneously, awakened by events in the surroundings and his own desires. A slight fashion influence still appears latent in some pieces, whether in the making – wefts, seams, knitting – or in the composition of colors and geometries that inform some of the surfaces of the objects he creates.

But the artist does not deal there are only textile works. There is also, evidently, a concern with the materials used, with the appearance and tactile aspect of the elements that are articulated in small or large three-dimensional artifacts: they are evocations of bones – with the use of ceramics; to organic matter – with the use of sand, wax and wood; and industrialized substances – with the use of styrofoam. Some smaller sculptures are identical (or almost) replicas of parts of the human body (tongues, nipples, ears), while others replicate consumer products, such as unlit and crushed cigarettes or chewing gum. Regardless of figuration or abstraction, the use of weaves or terra cotta, Daniel Albuquerque's work puts us in front of our own intuition, revealing the discourses we are capable of constructing on any element introduced to our visual vocabulary.

Daniel Albuquerque lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Graduated in Fashion Design from SENAI CETIQT college. Master's student in Social History of Culture at PUC-Rio. His most recent solo exhibitions are: “Oral”, BFA Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo (2017); “Good Day”, Special project, Cavalo Gallery, Rio de Janeiro (2017); “To Daddy”, curated by Marina Coelho, Kunsthalle São Paulo (2016); “Bikini Projects #2”, curated by Marina Coelho, Kubik Gallery, Porto, Portugal (2016). Among the group shows, the following stand out: “Van Circularity”, curated by Guilherme Marcondes and João Paulo Quintella, Espaço Foz, Rio de Janeiro (2017); “The Third Hand”, curated by Erika Verzutti, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo (2017); “Daniel Albuquerque & Puppies Puppies”BFA Rumors Fine Arts, Milan (2017); “Balast in the field”, curated by Beatriz Lemos, SESC Consolação, São Paulo (2017); “Crying and tears have no accent🇧🇷 , curated by Fernanda Brenner, Camden Arts Council, Swiss Cottage Library, London (2017).

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