Current exhibitions

The Line Collector

The Line Collector presents Claudio Paiva’s trajectory through a significant set of works for the first time. To follow the development of his oeuvre, many periods of his production, from the 60s to his last series in 2011, were researched. The exhibition concerns itself in preserving Paiva’s work and his place in Brazilian art history.

Claudio Paiva is part of a generation of artists which arose at the end of the 60s, the darkest time of the dictatorship, and participated in a radical moment of Brazilian art. Despite his emotional frailties and great precariousness that the artist faced - his work weathered the storms - remaining intense and uninterrupted until the end of his life.

In dialogue with the Concrete and Neo-Concrete Movements, as with the questions linked to Arte Povera and conceptual art, the oeuvre speaks around three interpenetrating areas: drawing, word and object. But, above all, it is the line which orients and circumscribes this unique poetic configuration. “There is a pact between the media, between line and color; if, on one hand the drawing wants to be color, wants to be painting; on the other, the drawing wants to be nothing beyond the line.” (C.P., 2001)

This dialectic between the verbal and nonverbal abolishes borders between word and drawing. The relation between word and drawing creates a new image in which the roles are shifting: the word participates in the crafting of the image and the image intends to design the word. From the meeting of the visual and the verbal, humor is born.

Claudio Paiva began working the relation between word and object at the beginning of the 1970s. Poems in three dimensions is how the artist describes his sculpture from that era. Formed by tape stuck on the floor, cotton, dirt or words, these sculptures transformed themselves over the years into microinstallations; named pocket installations by Luiz Alphonsus.

Arrangements with chains, candles and matchboxes recall the ludic manner through which it is still possible to transgress, replace, rename instantly with nothing or almost nothing.

These hybrid objects: Paving Stone’s Rest, Collector of Nothing, Cold War, Lucifer, Prince of Pleasure, form a collection of small paradoxes, impenetrable installations which also refer to the fascination for Magritte titles.

His oeuvre engages with the world in a poetic and humoristic way. Conceived with extreme economy of media, poetry and humor reside in the meeting of a word, a letter, a stroke, an object. In the finding, as Claudio Paiva would say.

Catherine Bompuis
Curator

Curators: Catherine Bompuis and Evandro Salles

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  • Photo: Alexandre Araujo

  • Photo: Alexandre Araujo

  • Photo: Alexandre Araujo

  • Photo: Alexandre Araujo

  • Photo: Alexandre Araujo

  • Photo: Alexandre Araujo