Landscapes, horizons and exchanges

Rosa Barbosa Art Office (Ateliê Zaragoza), São Paulo

the Rosa Barbosa Art Office organizes the group show “Landscapes, horizons and exchanges”. Curated by Theo Monteiro, the exhibition brings together works by eight contemporary artists: Guy Veloso, José Zaragoza, Leonora Weissmann, No Martins, Osvaldo Gaia, Rafael Zavagli, Renan Cepeda and Tatewaki Nio. The exhibition takes place in Jardim Europa, in the former studio of Zaragoza, painter and designer who died in 2017.

“These are names with distinct poetics and supports, but which nevertheless have affinities or complementary perspectives”, points out Monteiro. Placed side by side, the works are divided between photographs, sculptures, paintings, objects and video, a set that touches the figures and themes enunciated by the title that names the exhibition.

The landscape appears in the exhibition space not as a faithful portrait of a rural nature, but rather as a metaphorical composition created by the artists and that, many times, seem to gather several scenes in a single canvas – or in a single grouping, in this case. of polyptics. Using blue and green tones, Rafael Zavagli, from Minas Gerais, creates oil landscapes, collages of overlapping planes that confuse the viewer. They are silent scenes, marked by lives that are not exposed there. The human presence is discreetly revealed through traces left by the artist, such as a shack apparently illuminated by an electric light, which stands out in the middle of the painted night.

Also from Minas Gerais, Leonora Weissmann explores the landscape in all its possibilities in the works presented: from the characters present in it, sometimes real, to the minutiae of architectural or natural details. The artist is not tied to a certain style or rule, on the contrary, her voracious eye seems to be interested in the most diverse of these elements, always represented in detail. “The chromatic and thematic variety ends up being a consequence of this”, points out the curator.

The landscape as a result of human construction still appears in photographs
by Renan Cepeda, who is part of the exhibition with works from the series Vai de Almas. At the
set of portraits, the photographer makes use of the light painting technique, a
kind of graffiti with light that he performs when in front of his characters,
descendants of slaves, inhabitants of the community of Kalunga, in Goiás. In these works, Cepeda takes pictures in total darkness, illuminating parts of the scene with the
aid of a flashlight, revealing only elements and figures that interest them.

A Japanese living in Brazil for almost two decades, Tatewaki Nio is part of the exhibition with Neo-Andean works, a series held in El Alto, a neighboring city of La Paz that was born as a suburb of the Bolivian capital. Poor, arid and with an almost rural aspect, the region wins the photographer's lens for its large kitsch and ultra-colored buildings, whose facades contrast with the monochromatism of the place. Designed by architect Freddy Mamani, the buildings house Event Halls, properties of an ascending bourgeoisie that, due to globalization, inherit an extravagant aesthetic typical of places like Las Vegas and impose it in dialogue with local motifs in a clear symbol of identity affirmation. and social status.

On the horizon of the contemporary landscape, the São Paulo artist No Martins seeks to place the
black body, target of violence and prejudice by society. In a
video performance, held in the middle of Praça da Sé, the artist locks himself in a
cage with blindfolded eyes and remains there on a day of intense cold, calling
attention to the prison issue in Brazil, which the curator points out as one of the
most perverse facets of racism. “Perverse because it is, above all, institutionalized, being part of the functioning of our justice”, he says. With regard to exchanges, the exhibition comprises works by two artists from Belém do Pará, Osvaldo Gaia and Guy Veloso. “The exchange here is understood not as a commercial relationship, but as a connection with the surroundings, with life, with nature and with the divine”, says Theo Monteiro.

Osvaldo Gaia's work is based on his research and consequent experiments within the Amazonian universe. From this, the artist creates elements that are identified as sculptural structures – unusual objects, which cause a certain strangeness in the viewer. Gaia aims at the aesthetics of roots, canoes and streams, from which her inspiration comes, to give life to elegantly shaped machinery, which invites the public to perceive how the people of the forest relate to the world around them.

Through photography, Guy Veloso addresses the exchanges and mediations that occur in popular religious manifestations. In the exhibition, he presents images from the series Penitentes: das Ritos de Sangue à Fascinação do Fim do Mundo, recordings of trances that, despite their documental character, are endowed with a spiritual aura. The relationship he establishes with his subjects seems to place him as someone who shares the same faith – an intimacy that is shared with his spectators, including.

The collective Paisagens, horizons and exchanges also honors the painter, designer and publicist José Zaragoza, who died in 2017. Born in Alicante, Spain, the artist settled in Brazil in the 1950s. career, moved between figuration and abstractionism, focusing especially on the production of drawings and paintings – two of which are part of the exhibition, set up in his former studio, in Jardim Europa. Located in a building on Rua Amauri, in Jardim Europa, the space was designed by architect Aurélio Martinez Flores.

Landscapes, horizons and exchanges
Curatorship: Theo Monteiro
Opening: March 30, 12pm to 5pm
Visitation: until 04/30/19; Monday to Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 11am-2pm
Atelier Zaragoza: Rua Amauri, 76, São Paulo. Free entrance

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