Parks and other pretexts

Mendes WoodDM, Sao Paulo

The new set of paintings presented in this exhibition continues Patrícia Leite's research on the luminosity and vibration of light. In his two previous exhibitions, Look at the sky, my love and Lusco Fusco 2018, she had been developing a body of work in which she sought to reveal light in contrast to the end of day sky. On an almost always dark background, fireworks, the moon and stars, Christmas lights, a bonfire, a sparkle in the water, a crevice or a corner appear. The search for the representation of what “lights up” now finds other landscapes, almost always urban. The scenes seem somewhat melancholy and fragmented, they are framing of details of elements of an amusement park, clippings of shiny signs, a contre-plongé view of a stained glass window in a church… In each motif, in the edited images of his personal archive there is a kind of unique world with unusual points of view from a unique visual thinking inspired by cinema and photography.

Bringing Patricia Leite's works closer to Cristiano Rennó's works had as a starting point the curator's affective memory of the colors of each one, starting from the recognition of a great feeling of freedom that inhabits the work of both. Both Cristiano and Patricia have color as the structuring element of their production and are artists who resist the traditional categories of art history. Despite having painting as their main activity, they do not practice it in a conventional way, neither in genre nor in form.

Cristiano has a production in painting that follows two main axes. On the first axis, on the two-dimensional plane, he experiments with different types of support, from canvas and wood to Styrofoam. On the Serie on a tray (2016), he uses styrofoam packaging as a basis for abstract paintings, mainly monochromatic, in which figurative forms reveal themselves in the materiality of paint and other materials that use paint, such as tobacco, wax or earth. In these works, Cristiano follows the opposite path of Patricia's painting, which tends towards geometric simplification by reducing figuration. He departs from abstraction to compose small landscapes.

Parks and other pretexts 
Curatorship: Camila Bechelany
Opening: 5/25/19, 2pm
Visitation: until 08/14/19; Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm
Mendes Wood DM: Rua da Consolação, 3368, São Paulo. Free entrance

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