(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
“Brute Flux”, solo show by José Bechara, artist nominated for PIPA Prize 2010, starts next Tuesday, 25th July, at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio). Continuing the research developed in previous works, the artist presents in this exhibition sculptures-objects in glass that deal with issues related to the concreteness of forms and structures and the “inconcreteness” of space.
Although having started his career as a painter, Bechara transferred much of his practice in painting to his current artistic work, especially his radically reduced form of language, committed to Concrete Art. His deep understanding of constructive structures that form the inner skeleton of paintings can also be found in the solid materiality of the glass plates displayed at “Brute Flux”. The glass pieces are, simultaneously, a cut in space, since it occupies and interferes in it, but also a discrete element, apparently invisible given its transparency, that does not create any barrier between the spectator and the space. Thus, they are a contradiction in themselves which is only questioned by the various items that Bechara combines with the glass plates, such as a red grid, a silver-colored head (self portrait of the artist), or little colored, wrapped packages.
In a scenario in which glass is a newly explored material within contemporary art, Bechara’s glass works underline the conceptual perception of Brazilian Constructivism and transfer it into a contemporary approach. Two days after the exhibition opening, 27th July, the artist will participate in a debate open to the public at MAM-Rio with Beate Reifenscheid, curator of “Brute Flux” and curators Fernando Cocchiarale and Fernanda Lopes.
“Brute Flux”, solo show by José Bechara
Curated by Beate Reifenscheid
On view from July 25th through November 05th, 2017
Opening: Tuesday,July 25th, at 7pm.
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