International Archives 1st half of 2014
The exhibition Casarão marks Joana Vasconcelos’s return to Casa Triângulo, a decade after her last show in this gallery, and after the recent success of the exhibitions realized at Château de Versailles and at the Venice Biennale. The youngest artist and first woman to exhibit in Versailles returns to Brazil, six years after Contaminação [Contamination], a monumental intervention presented at the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo.
Casarão proposes the invasion of the gallery’s space by a group of faience animals, designed by one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 19th century, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-
Bathroom equipment serves the works
Three boxes – Catuaba, Delícia and Cravo e Canela – covered by azulejos (Portuguese tiles), are placed on the wall at our eye’s height, like paintings that once assumed themselves as windows, open to the world. Abstract, textile volumes burst from their interior; unrecognizable forms, but which the materials, textures and techniques we identify.
Sarabande challenges the limits between painting and sculpture, body and landscape, the figurative and the abstract. Through an exuberant frame, of Baroque inspiration, colored, crochet forms escape, insinuating an uneven terrain, or voluminous bodies of an uncommon burlesque universe, of domestic sense.
The popular electronic game Tetris gives name to the series where the work Aquarela is inscribed. The parallelepiped volumes, covered by azulejos, are crossed and serpentined by various crochet tubes and
protuberances. The rigidity of the ceramics is invaded by malleable organic, textile forms, in a happy encounter of opposites, united by color.
Joana Vasconcelos summons and crosses the apparent singularities of different popular cultures, conferring them universal range. Casarão – title taken from the second Brazilian soap opera transmitted in Portugal in the 70’s, where two Portuguese actors shone -
in this familiar place, yet ironically defying all the programmed
Exhibition 1st April -
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