With “Deserto-Modelo” Fridericianum is presenting Lucas Arruda’s first institutional solo show in Germany. Born in São Paulo in 1983, the artist has created an oeuvre including paintings, prints, light installations, slide projections and films. It reflects an intensive and dedicated examination of a wide spectrum of topics ranging from the conceptual framework of painting all the way to the conditions of life itself.
Arruda is particularly interested in portraying landscapes and seascapes, although his work never references actual locations. Instead, he focuses on imaginary images evoked by thoughts of such scenes and investigates the associated light conditions, atmospheres and emotions. However, many of his works are characterized by such a degree of abstraction that the reference to a landscape is only suggested by the horizon lines that are present to varying extents. Independent of the degree of their legibility, his visual formulations give rise to a moment of deceleration and concentration and thus, with an incisive yet silent power, contradict the ever-faster rhythms of life today.
“Deserto-Modelo”, solo exhibition of Lucas Arruda
Curated by Moritz Wesseler
June 6–September 8, 2019
Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel, Germany
Tue – Sun & public holidays 11 am – 6 pm