Last days | “Rede de Memórias”, solo show by Luiz Hermano

(Recife, Brazil)

Amparo 60 gallery holds until September the new solo show by Luiz Hermano, “Rede de Memórias”, with a general view of the artist’s works.

"Rede de Memórias"

The exhibition “Rede de Memórias” [“Net of Memories”], presented at Amparo 60 gallery, brings to Recife a general view of Luiz Hermano’s work, artist born in Ceará, rooted in São Paulo for over 40 years.

It would not be the case to start a presentation like this, since the artist has after all these time living in São Paulo, the accelerated “being paulistano” internalized in his creative process. Hermano creates compulsively. He has to draw and create sculptures in his routine.

I give this reference of his origin because it is not possible to dissociate his sculptures, drawings and installations from his roots and memories from Ceará, mixed with the life in the big city of São Paulo.

To Luiz Hermano, the artistic practice is incorporated in what is expressed in his own work.

Generous, researches his material worried in creating “a beautiful and poetic art to show a simple beauty” found in his daily life. He recalls his experiences from countryside life in Ceará, when he was still a child. To grow lying on hammocks, seeing life pass in the shelter of this hammock. To stay for hours listening to the silence of the mother’s home. Silence broken only by the noise of the television in the living room. By the sound from the kitchen. By the chicken in the backyard.

This cosmology gathers along with the city in the miriade of neon lights, colorful TV commercials from the plasma televisions spread through the streets, in the nocturnal dots formed by the lights on the windows, illuminating the nights in São Paulo, drawing their buildings.

The artist transmits the creation of his works to his experience in Ceará and São Paulo with the search made during his trips around the world, meeting new civilizations and the daily life of these places.

Hermano dedicated himself to finding minimal representations of theses cultures, the social relations, in colors and shapes that, through his careful look, are translated to his work in a aesthetic language really particular, composing a net of aesthetic and cultural references.

Embroids with wire, copper wire, uses colorful stones, capacitors, resistors, kitchen utensils, toys, and numerous things that researches and acquires in commerces and fairs around the world. Creates his nets with these diverse materials that we see in his artworks. They are visual rhizomes that demand more than seeing from who observes, but understanding the minimalist process which the artist dedicates himself to, represented in his works by materials that he come across in his research, taking them off their merchandise context.

The cosmology of what surrounds him, brought from childhood and adult life, is what overflows in his sculptures and installations seen at Amparo 60 gallery, that take part in this enchanted and sensorial world where he lives.

His most precious artistic matter is the memory that, though his hands, is transformed in a type of “cosmic dust” that is spreaded through the exhibition space in shapeless shapes, in “embroideries” that shine, in drawings of nets connected by dreams.

There are no precious, poor or uninteresting elements. Everything can be part of his unusual, funny and strange gadgets.

Dreaming is the faculty that bases all of his works. A piece gives a path to another or shaping a family of works that can also unleash in another series of sculptures. Luiz Hermano transits from a material to another by making, weaving, tying, gathering.

It’s the artistic practice that is born before in his own hands.

*adapted from the text by curator Ricardo Resende

“Rede de Memórias”, solo show by Luiz Hermano
Curated by Ricardo Resende
On view through 3rd September

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