Pedro Varela in group show “Latina”

(Geneva, Switzerland)

Pedro Varela among the artists in the new group show “Latina”.

Participating artists in “Latina” at Xipas Art Contemporain

Ricardo Brey – Jorge Cabieses – Yamandú Canosa – Paula Delgado – Sigismond de Vajay – Cao Guimarães – Ricardo Lanzarini – Marco Maggi – Vik Muniz – Michel Pérez Pollo – Pablo Reinoso – Jorge Satorre – Eduardo Stupia – Janaina Tschäpe – Dani Umpí – Pedro Varela

The cities Pedro Varela draws are far more connected to literature than to any reference in the visual arts. As if waiting for a text by Borges to accompany them, they reserve large blank spaces on the paper. They could also be mirages seen from afar by a character of A Thousand and One Nights, cities with female names like those by Italo Calvino, or castles from a tale we keep from the infancy of our experience in literature.

To these fictional allusions, Varela merges buildings we know from real places: I’ve seen that one in Chicago, that dome belongs to the city’s cathedral, that’s the Ontario Tower! Amidst mountains, Varela’s cities have a Rio de Janeiro accent: where but in Rio can one see a little castle beside a monumental rock that seems to support a skyscraper? And then the drawings pour out of ballpoint pens and, alive like a real city, do not respect the paper limits, invading walls and danger zones such as windows. The glass, by the way, is a recurrent support for Varela’s experiences: looking through windows where his pen has been, we can see a castle hovering in the sky or exotic plants sprouting from the top of a concrete building. Varela also builds his magical and fluid worlds with adhesive vinyl sheets on paper, glass, wall, floor, or whatever he comes across and is willing to adhere to his whimsical urbanization.

Another support that corroborates the dreamy aspect of Pedro Varela’s style is fabric stretched on embroidery frames, that remind one of bubbles ready to disappear taking away the fantastic landscapes. Since 2008, Varela’s cities also appear in three dimensions, built with white paper and glue, hanging from the ceiling by strings or resting on very thin pillars.

A virtuoso in drawing and in the capacity to bewilder, Pedro Varela graduated in printmaking at the School of Fine Arts of UFRJ in 2005 and has already had shows in galleries in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and Chile. In 2010 he will take part of the group show “Gigante pela Própria Natureza” at IVAM (Valencia, Spain) and will have a solo show at Paço das Artes, in São Paulo.

“Latina”, with Pedro Varela
February 14 – March 22

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