Performing Abstraction
at Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo

Luciana Brito Galeria

May 2, 2012

Performing Abstraction
at Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo

May 9–June 30, 2012

Opening: Tuesday, May 8, 7–11pm

Rua Gomes de Carvalho, 842
Vila Olímpia
São Paulo, Brazil

T +55 11 3842 0634/0635

Artists in the exhibition
Armando Andrade Tudela (1975, Peru), Trisha Brown (1936, USA), Carlos Bunga (1976, Portugal), Ernst Caramelle (1952, Austria), Hreinn Fridfinnsson (1943, Iceland), Mario Garcia Torres (1975, Mexico), Fernanda Gomes (1960, Brazil), Marine Hugonnier (1969, France), Zilvina Kempinas (1969, Lithuania), David Maljkovic (1973, Croatia), Cildo Meireles (1948, Brazil), Falke Pisano (1978, Holland), Tobias Putrih (1972, Slovenia), and Bojan Sarcevic (1974, Serbia).

Luciana Brito Galeria is pleased to present Performing Abstraction, an international group exhibition guest curated by Rina Carvajal. The exhibition will trace performative dimensions in contemporary abstract geometric art, specific connections to the history of Modernism, and new perspectives on the contextualization and reinvention of abstraction in recent multimedia artistic practices.

Abstraction as a visual strategy and aesthetic language has had a dynamic, multifaceted history, constantly repositioning and reinventing itself in various sociopolitical and aesthetic contexts, and its complexity continues to unfold today. Performing Abstraction will examine contemporary abstract geometric practices and articulate specific lines of interconnection, juxtaposition, and dialogue across generations, media, and cultures. The exhibition will feature a variety of approaches to contemporary abstraction: as an open-ended engagement with process, materiality, and temporality; as a meta-language about abstraction; and as the movement of abstraction into space, architecture, and a relationship with the body.

The works of the fourteen artists in the exhibition emerge from a wide range of attitudes towards abstraction, and employs a variety of media and formats, ranging from painting and drawing, to collage, video, dance, film, sound art, and installations. These works will occupy the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery and intervene its architecture in an attempt to reposition the legacy of modernism, and to postulate the renewed potential of abstract geometric language today.
Rina Carvajal is an independent curator and critic based in Miami. From 2007 to 2011, she served as adjunct curator for the Miami Art Museum. She was a guest curator for the 29th and the 24th Bienal de São Paulo (2010, 1998). Carvajal has been the director and chief curator of Miami Art Central, director of the Mason Gross Art Galleries of Rutgers University, contemporary art curator at the Museo de Bellas Artes, and deputy director of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, both in Caracas, Venezuela. She was an Ahmanson curatorial fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, from 1997 to 2000.

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