Installation “O Muro” by Renato Pera on view in São Paulo

(São Paulo, Brazil)

Renato Pera presents the installation “O Muro” [“The Wall”], at Sesc Ipiranga. With this work, the artist means to add an enigmatic, unusual concept to an ordinary wall, covering its surface with bricks that carry the words “O infinito” [“The infinite”], thus evoking a spacial situation that is opposite to the limited aspect of the wall. On Saturday the 2nd August the artist will be at Sesc, from 11am to 2pm.

It is not by chance that the baked clay bricks are so familiar to Renato Pera, a São Paulo inhabitant. Its general use as main constructive material happened in São Paulo over 150 years ago, radically changing the city’s visage in a few decades. Brickwork replaced the colonial constructive methods and was a perfect fit to the need for fast-pace urban expansion in the city’s centre and the outskirts neighbourhoods along the recently-planted railway. The brick propagation is intimately linked to the influence of foreign immigrants, their technical and formal knowledge. It was extensively applied in all sorts of buildings and created characteristics we are familiar with even nowadays.

“O Muro” was designed to evoke this architectural memory. But this memory is only relevant if it can also refer to the small, personal, affective memories of São Paulo citizens. The bricks used in the installation have been intervened to supply the wall with an enigmatic content: over one of the their sides the words “o infinito” [“the infinite”] were written, to articulate ideas on the absence of limitations. If the wall’s point is to seal, impose limits to a space, the wording suggests the opposite situation. It is a subtle, disguised message, but exhaustively repeated as a kind of imaginative whisper.

“O Muro”, installation by Renato Pera
On view through 25th January 2015
Visiting: Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 9.30pm
Saturdays from 10am to 9.30pm
Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 6.30pm

Sesc Ipiranga
Rua Bom Pastor, 709 e 822
T: 55 11 33402000

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