(São Paulo, Brazil)
This Saturday, March 24th, Thiago Rocha Pitta inaugurates at Galeria Millan yet another chapter of his research about the environment. After portraying the slow erosion of the desert sand, the formation of a mist, and the fluctuations of underwater formations, “O Primeiro Verde” (in a free translation, “The First Green”) explores the origin and evolution of the planet through the viewpoint of cyanobacteria, the first beings capable of photosynthesis.
Through a diversified group of works – which includes frescos, an installation, a sculpture, a watercolour and a video – the PIPA Prize 2012 finalist thus explores these beings’ trajectories all the way from their birth, about 3.7 billion years ago, to the “great oxidation” period, when the oxygen produced by them was liberated into the atmosphere and created conditions for life as we know it today. By representing ancestral microorganisms which operated a radical change in the chemical composition of the atmosphere, the artist is also alerting us for our insignificance in the history of the world.
– The environment is not eccstatic. It is breathing and changing all the time – he says.
Such liveliness is heightened through the use of the traditional fresco technique, applied in the great majority of the works on view. Involving evaporatio, hardening and heat liberation, its process clearly relates to the geoglogical cycles discussed in the exhibition. Besides the frescos, “O Primeiro Verde” also includes a video, “Before the Dawn.” Filmed in Hamelin Pool, Australia, one of the two places on Earth in which stromatolites similar to those found in 3.5 million-years-old stones can still be found, the 12-minute work captures the sun rising over these extraordinary sea creatures.
“O Primeiro Verde”, solo show by Thiago Rocha Pitta
On view from March 24th through April 28th, 2018
Opening: Saturday, March 24th, from 12 pm to 4 pm
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