Afinidades Eletivas

MARCIUS GALAN, FERNANDA GOMES, PAULO ROBERTO LEAL, JAC LEIRNER, MIRA SCHENDEL
February 2 – March 3, 2018

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, with Paulo Roberto Leal, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Paulo Roberto Leal
From left: Armagem, 1972, Armagem, 1972, Armagem, 1971

Each work: folded paper and acrylic
ca. 100 x 100 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Paulo Roberto Leal, Armagem, 1972

Mixed media, paper, Plexiglas and aluminum

60 X 60 X 10 cm

 

Center: Paulo Roberto Leal, Armadura, 1978

Brass plates and wood

14,2 x 9,5 x 9,5 cm

 

Right: Paulo Roberto Leal, Armagem, Mód.17, 1972

Folded paper and acrylic

102 x 102 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

 

Paulo Roberto Leal

Armagem, 1972

Mixed media, paper, Plexiglas and aluminum

60 x 60 x 10 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Paulo Roberto Leal

Armadura, 1978

Brass plates and wood

14,2 x 9,5 x 9,5 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: 

Mira Schendel, Variantes II, 1965

Oil on rice paper

14,9 x 14,9 cm, 21 x 17,8 cm, 22,2 x 19,7 cm, 26,4 x 18,7 cm, 24,4 x 12,9 cm, 12,1 x 19,1 cm, 20,6 x 9,5 cm, 30,8 x 8,9 cm, 28,6 x 26,4 cm, 21,4 x 17,1 cm, 20,3 x 17,9 cm, 15,2 x 42,5 cm, 30,5 x 20 cm, 39,8 x 21,1 cm

14 parts

 

Right: 

Mira Schendel, Monotipia, 1970-1979

Oil and Letraset on dyed rice paper

47 x 25 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: 

Mira Schendel, Variantes II, 1965

Oil on rice paper

14,9 x 14,9 cm, 21 x 17,8 cm, 22,2 x 19,7 cm, 26,4 x 18,7 cm, 24,4 x 12,9 cm, 12,1 x 19,1 cm, 20,6 x 9,5 cm, 30,8 x 8,9 cm, 28,6 x 26,4 cm, 21,4 x 17,1 cm, 20,3 x 17,9 cm, 15,2 x 42,5 cm, 30,5 x 20 cm, 39,8 x 21,1 cm

14 parts

 

Right: 

Mira Schendel, Monotipia, 1970-1979

Oil and Letraset on dyed rice paper

47 x 25 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Mira Schendel, Monotipia, 1970-1979

Oil and Letraset on dyed rice paper

47 x 25 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Mira Schendel, Monotipia, 1970-1979

Oil and Letraset on dyed rice paper

47 x 25 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Paper, titanium white, light

2 parts: 4 x 111,5 x 0,1 cm (paper, titanium white)

4 x 111 cm, (light)

 

Center: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Wood, wall paint, string

24,5 x 49,6 x 0,3 cm

 

Right: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Canvas, wall paint, light

2 parts: 28,5 x 28,5 x 0,1 cm (canvas wall paint)

28,5 x 28,5 cm (light)

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Wood, wall paint

2 parts: 34,2 x 33 x 3 cm, 33,5 x 34 x 3 cm

55,5 x 28,5 x 0,1 cm overall

 

Center: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Wood, wall paint, nail, string

20,5 x 20,5 x 0,7 cm

 

Right: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Wood, canvas, wall paint, light

3 parts: 131,1 x 1,5 x 0,1 cm (canvas, wall paint), 100 x 0,5 x 1 cm (wood, wall paint), 124 x 1 cm (light)

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:

Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Canvas, wall paint, light

2 parts: 28,5 x 28,5 x 0,1 cm (canvas wall paint)

28,5 x 28,5 cm (light)

 

Right: Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Wood, wall paint

0,7 x 32,4 x 0,9 cm, 0,9 x 32,4 x 0,9 cm, 2 parts

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Wood, wall paint

2 parts: 34,2 x 33 x 3 cm, 33,5 x 34 x 3 cm

55,5 x 28,5 x 0,1 cm overall

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2018

Paper, titanium white, light

2 parts: 4 x 111,5 x 0,1 cm (paper, titanium white)

4 x 111 cm, (light)

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Marcius Galan, Out of Registration V, 2017

Wood, smoked glass, acrylic paint on wall

42,5 x 41,7 x 3,1 cm

Edition of 3

 

Right: Marcius Galan, Section (Smoked Glass Prisma), 2012

Wood, wax and paint on wall

Dimensions variable (site specific)

Edition of 3

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

 

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Marcius Galan, Section (Smoked Glass Prisma), 2012

Wood, wax and paint on wall

Dimensions variable (site specific)

Edition of 3

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Marcius Galan, Section (Smoked Glass Prisma), 2012

Wood, wax and paint on wall

Dimensions variable (site specific)

Edition of 3

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Marcius Galan, Line weight II, 2018

Concrete, merino wool

25 x 40 x 30 cm

 

Center: Marcius Galan, Translucent, 2018

Iron frame, paint, wax, light

120,3 x 147 x 9 cm

 

Right: Marcius Galan, Out of Registration V, 2017

Wood, smoked glass, acrylic paint on wall

42,5 x 41,7 x 3,1 cm

Edition of 3

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Marcius Galan, Translucent, 2018

Iron frame, paint, wax, light

120,3 x 147 x 9 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Marcius Galan, Section (Smoked Glass Prisma), 2012

Wood, wax and paint on wall

Dimensions variable (site specific)

Edition of 3

 

Right: Marcius Galan, Line weight II, 2018

Concrete, merino wool

25 x 40 x 30 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Jac Leirner, Corpus Delicti (Blankets Headrest), 1992/2018

Blankets

120 x 400 cm

 

Center: Marcius Galan, Translucent, 2018

Iron frame, paint, wax, light

120,3 x 147 x 9 cm

 

Right: Marcius Galan, Out of Registration V, 2017

Wood, smoked glass, acrylic paint on wall

42,5 x 41,7 x 3,1 cm

Edition of 3

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Jac Leirner, 120 Levels, 2018 (detail)

Spirit levels

90 x 375 x 350 cm

 

Center: Jac Leirner, Corpus Delicti (Blankets Headrest), 1992/2018

Blankets

120 x 400 cm

 

Right: Jac Leirner, Skin (Smoking Maiz), 2018

Paper and glue

120 x 400 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Jac Leirner, Corpus Delicti (Blankets Headrest), 1992/2018 (detail)

Blankets

120 x 400 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Jac Leirner, 120 Levels, 2018

Spirit levels

90 x 375 x 350 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Jac Leirner, 120 Levels, 2018 (detail)

Spirit levels

90 x 375 x 350 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:
Afinidades Eletivas, Esther Schipper, Berlin

 

Left: Jac Leirner, Skin (Smoking Maiz), 2018

Paper and glue

120 x 400 cm

 

Right: Jac Leirner, Corpus Delicti (Blankets Headrest), 1992/2018

Blankets

120 x 400 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Jac Leirner, Skin (Smoking Maiz), 2018

Paper and glue

120 x 400 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Jac Leirner, Skin (Smoking Maiz), 2018 (detail)

Paper and glue

120 x 400 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Afinidades Eletivas

MARCIUS GALAN, FERNANDA GOMES, PAULO ROBERTO LEAL, JAC LEIRNER, MIRA SCHENDEL
Organized with Olivier Renaud-Clement
February 2 – March 3, 2018
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Esther Schipper is pleased to announce Afinidades Eletivas, an exhibition of contemporary and historical Brazilian art organized with Olivier Renaud-Clement. As the title (Elective Affinities) suggests, the selection of the five artists—Marcius Galan, Fernanda Gomes, Paulo Roberto Leal, Jac Leirner, and Mira Schendel—is a subjective one. Each of the artists has developed their own formal and conceptual approach to the legacy of Concrete and Neo-concrete traditions.

 

While Marcius Galan, Fernanda Gomes, and Jac Leirner will present works produced or assembled in the exhibition space, the practices of Paulo Roberto Leal and of Mira Schendel will be represented by a number of historical works.

 

Fernanda Gomes (b. 1960) will work directly in the exhibition space, which she regards as an extension of her studio, assembling on site an ensemble of individual works made of wood, canvas, thread, and artificial light. Her works, which mostly use white and the natural coloring of the objects, exist between painting and sculpture, blurring media and their spatial properties, and are adapted in correspondence with each specific architectural space and location.

 

The works of Jac Leirner (b. 1961) are often created from mundane or formally unremarkable materials such as bank notes, blankets, cigarette paper, or water levels. Her large-scale installations recall the formal stricture of minimalist seriality and the evocative use of found materials characteristic of Arte Povera, while at the same time offering commentary on social codes.

 

Born in 1972, the youngest of the five artists, Marcius Galan's practice foregrounds perception: the properties of his works—formal, spatial, material—are often effects of trompe-l'oeil, drawing on the expectations of visitors and their familiarity with contemporary art.

 

Mira Schendel (b. 1919, d. 1988) is one of Latin America's most important and prolific post-war artists. Similar to her contemporaries Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Schendel's work combines multiple literary and social references in an oeuvre that starts as formally geometric to step into a more lyrical practice often including graphic elements and the use of ephemeral materials. Afinidades Eletivas will include a major work, Variantes II, composed of a unique 14-part group of Monotipias (Monotypes) suspended in space.

 

The work of Paulo Roberto Leal (b. 1946, d. 1991) has rarely been seen outside of Brazil. Leal's works are often created from basic art material (canvas, paper, wood). The exhibition will include works from his series entitled Armagem which draws on the misrecognition of simple shapes in slightly blurring acrylic frames, challenging boundaries between sculpture and painting by addressing the subjectivity of perception. His explorations encompass a rereading of the constructivist tradition fully embedded in Brazilian culture. 

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