Two exhibitions to check out at Galeria Raquel Arnaud: Shirley Paes Leme and Nuno Sousa Vieira

“Sigh in vain” by Shirley Paes Leme exhibits poetic works that relate time, air and the chaos of the big city, while “One among us” by Nuno Sousa Vieira tensions the hierarchies between space and the spectator

Shirley Paes Leme
The air has the color of infinity, from the series Air of the cities of the world, 2020 – Shirley Paes Leme

When visiting the Raquel Arnaud Gallery, firstly, you are faced with the works of Shirley Paes Leme that make up the exhibition sigh in vain. Bringing together around 20 more works, the curatorship has as its central axis two well-known series by the artist, which have been worked on for considerable years. The first consists of geometric compositions made from car air conditioning filters. These, tinged with the city's pollution, are meticulously worked through the extraction of waste, acquiring multiple shades of gray and alluding to the skyscrapers of large metropolises. In the second, phrases such as “The invisible further away”, “Breath”, “The air is a mirage”, “Time” and “The dust dwells” are extracted from his notebook of poems and notes, materializing in bronze reliefs. and black patina done from his own handwriting. All phrases in the form of a work were also included in a beautiful critical text by Paula Borghi that binds every thought presented.

The city, time, waste, smoke, dust, air, breath. These are all recurring themes in Shirley Paes Leme's production and the meeting point between the two series in the exhibition. These are works that are born from the artist's experiences and reflections on the simplest and, at the same time, complex things in life. 

Nuno Sousa Vieria
Nuno Sousa Vieria – Disclosure

Going up to the first floor of the Gallery, you will find the individual one among us by Nuno Sousa Vieira, which features a critical text by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti. With a series of drawings, a painting and a sculpture, set up in the garden, which are intrinsically connected with the works in the internal exhibition space, this exhibition reinforces the relationship between inside and outside, front and back. 

Nuno proposes a “de-hierarchization” between the works themselves, but also between the work and the public who, as the artist says, also assumes his place, since it is part of his condition not only to justify the existence of the work, but also give him posterity. The artist comments: “In my work, the works are the result of a politically egalitarian action in which hierarchies, on the one hand, dissipate, but, on the other hand, are questioned; and the shallow is on a par with what is on a higher account; the inside is tied with the outside; the front and back are simultaneously the same face of the same plane, not least because none of the others can exist without the other”.

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sigh in vain
one among usLocation: Raquel Arnaud Gallery
Address: Rua Fidalga, 125 – Vila Madalena – São Paulo, SP
Date: Until November 5, 2022
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. On Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.
Admission: free

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