Erika Verzutti: Synthetic Meat | Cristiano Lenhardt: ÍRÌ | Daniel Sinsel

Forts D'Aloia & Gabriel, Sao Paulo

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel presents three new exhibitions in São Paulo. First, in the gallery space (Vila Madalena), Erika Verzutti presents Carne Sintética, the artist's first exhibition in Brazil entirely dedicated to her reliefs, a set of works that since 2013 has become the central axis of her work. Guided by the tactile experience, these “wall sculptures” build complex relationships between painting and sculpture, form and sensoriality. Verzutti brings fifteen new works in bronze, papier-mâché and clay, articulating diverse references to the history of art with his perception of contemporary phenomena ranging from Instagram to the ethical and political dimension of food today. This intersection of topics of different natures – a frequent feature in her production – highlights the artist's purpose in shuffling, and even confusing, the usual hierarchy with which these subjects are usually approached.

The space at Galpão (Barra Funda) hosts two simultaneous solo shows. “ÍRÌ”, by Cristiano Lenhardt, exhibits a set of new works that reinforce the artist's interest in the newspaper as raw material for paintings and sculptures. The title of the exhibition – a kind of acronym or code – underlines the dimension of transcendence of the plane of observation at play in these works, as well as the artist's interest in iridescence as an optical phenomenon. In his paintings on newspapers, Lenhardt uses white and black acrylic paint to cover the surface of old copies, leaving only the colored areas of the paper to be revealed through random geometric shapes. Through a process of transmuting information into abstraction, the artist creates a rich visual vocabulary that encompasses disparate references ranging from cave paintings to the contemporary language of the internet.

Finally, a German artist based in Brazil, Daniel Sinsel, exhibits around ten unpublished paintings with explorations of space, eroticism and illusion. His works alternate between traditional pictorial language, executed with great technical virtuosity, and object painting, promoting peculiar associations between linen, glass, nuts and ornaments. Sinsel was created in Bavaria, Germany, home of folk Lüftlmalerei muralism, developed from the strong influence of Baroque and Rococo, and which is characterized by the use of trompe l'oeil and the imitation of architectural elements. These decorative motifs are reconfigured in Sinsel's work in different ways, such as in the ornaments that frame the edges of the works – sometimes virtuously painted, sometimes with the application of objects – and in the glass disks (bullseye glass) that he fixes on the surface of the canvas to emulate the decoration of windows. The fluttering ribbons, the artist's recurring theme, synthesize this influence and are a key element for understanding his painting: there is technical virtuosity, virtual space, emotional and semantic flow.

Erika Verzutti: Synthetic Meat 
Cristiano Lenhardt: ÍRÌ 
Daniel Sinsel
Opening: 10/19/19; 3-6 pm; 5pm-8pm
Visitation: until 12/20/19; Tuesday to Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm
Forts D'Aloia & Gabriel | Gallery: Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1500, São Paulo.
Forts D'Aloia & Gabriel | Shed: Rua James Holland, 71, São Paulo.

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