Until March 20th, Arsenal Contemporary Art New York presents Theory of Prose, a two-person exhibition with the Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre and the Brazilian artist Lucas Simões. As commented on the show’s release, “Their respective practices not only share a kinship with other disciplines but also the fundamental desire to disengage from the artworld’s didactic pervasiveness to exercise art’s capacity to alter perception and action”.
Bellow you can read about Simões’ work and artistic process, as shared by the gallery:
Lucas Simões’s sculptural work combines sturdy materials like steel and concrete with more delicate ones, such as paper and copper. The artist’s thoughtful juxtapositions of materials emphasize the tension between built form and unstable matter to achieve a gentle balance via the elusive force of gravity. In this way, his work draws attention to the invisible phenomena that affect the material world. Trained as an architect, Simões’s practice as an artist is driven by the impetus to ‘make strange.’ His artistic practice is grounded in the aesthetic heritage of the Russian avant-garde, particularly that of the Soviet Formalist writer Viktor Shklovsky who is best known for developing the literary concept of defamiliarization or ‘estrangement’. For Shklovsky, art acted as a tool that allowed artists to turn something ubiquitous into something peculiar that could conjure new perspectives on the part of the beholder.
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Theory of Prose, featuring Lucas Simões
From January 28th until March 20th
Arsenal Contemporary Art New York
214 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, USA
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am – 6pm