MdM Gallery holds until October the second solo exhibition by Pedro Varela in Paris, “Crônicas Tropicais”. The title is inspired by the book “The Nuremberg Chronicle”, from 1493 that tells the world history mixing imaginary and real elements in the properties from that time.
In Crônicas Tropicais, the artist tells a non-linear story of a tropical universe according to the stereotyped perspective of a Renaissance man that somehow left traces in current days. Not in vain his papiers collés of Latin American flora, where each element is fixed by needles, evoke the exotic objects exhibited in the curiosity offices of the European erudites.
The title is inspired by the book “The Nuremberg Chronicle”, from 1493 that tells the world history mixing imaginary and real elements in the properties from that time. As psychedelic collages, sometimes in black and white and in colours, the images by Pedro Varela create a tangle of historical and fictional references of the New World. In his landscapes and dead natures, it’s hard to distinguish the exotic plants and real constructions from those that only exist in the creative spirit of the artist.
The artist introduces for the first time figurative and geometrical elements through the image of Cunhambebe and Vladimir Herzog or even in the modern triangle and ondular shapes. Pedro Varela’s references’ net create mental landscapes that project ghosts and wishes not only from the foreigner as from himself.
“Crônicas Tropicais”, solo show by Pedro Varela
On view through 10th October
Galeria Maria do Mar Guinle
Rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, 6 – Paris
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