ARTUR BARRIO | FELIPE COHEN | HENRIQUE OLIVEIRA
JOSÉ RESENDE | MIGUEL RIO BRANCO | RODRIGO ANDRADE
TATIANA BLASS | THIAGO ROCHA PITTA | TUNGA
From November 12, Galeria Millan presents a new solo show of the artist Paulo Pasta. Entitled: There is an outside inside us and outside us an inside, a verse of Francisco Alvim’s poem. The show marks the opening of the new gallery’s space: Anexo Millan. The exhibition simultaneously occupies both of Millan’s addresses. In the gallery’s traditional space, the abstract paintings will be exhibited, marked by an intense, ambiguous color and refined atmosphere geometric structure, which are responsible for their unquestionable role in Brazilian contemporary painting. But, together with the abstract paintings, you can see one of the landscapes recently produced by the artist, the surroundings of his hometown, Ariranha, are the starting point of the production. In Anexo Millan, situated a few meters away from the gallery, the same friction process will attend the exhibition. Dedicated to the landscapes, the new space will also house an enormous painting made directly on the wall. At the opening, the book Landscape Fable will be released with 28 landscape paintings of the artist. The exhibition runs until the 19th of December.
The solo exhibition by José Resende at Galeria Millan can be understood as a development of the exhibition held at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, between April and June 2015. It would even be fair to say that the exhibition is flows through space and time.
At Millan, the exhibition is also composed of only recent and previously not seen sculptures. But it is a mistake to think of it only as a new stage in José Resende's work - composed of projects and innovative solutions. Because the path tread in the 50 years of the artist's production is of "eternal return"; a reflected, surprising continuum. The humor, tension, opposing directions, the latent movement and its insertion in the public space have always been and are present in his work.
It is undeniable that José Resende's sculptures explore the relationships between the city and the body. Whether by choice of materials — metal plates and pipes, stones, glass, textiles - or through the direct conversation of his work — vertical, horizontal, diagonal and curved — with the surroundings. Guided by a rigorous, flexible thinking and a playful imagination, the artist, through his sculptures, invites the audience into another perspective of the urban landscape, the corporeality and the world’s mobility.
In fact, the idea of the inaccuracy of movement is something that unifies the works of Resende exhibited at Galeria Millan. The sculpture Dobras (2015) is made by interlocking two steel plates: one of which is circular, folded in half, with two slits in "v" and the other which is half-moon shape. The density and strength of the plates inspire permanence; an apparent stability. That soon falls apart when you realize that there is a multiplicity of sculptural possibilities within the same sculpture - just change the fitting of the “v” plate. It is the idea of an open work that lies its movement, its constant tension.
It is also worth mentioning that at the Pinacoteca, Dobras (2015) was displayed as a pair of identical sculptures, whereas at Galeria Millan, the piece has been dismembered and it appears as a set of sculptures in various dimensions.
The never before seen piece Corpo de Prova II (2015) embodies another type of movement. The title already alludes to what is at stake in the sculpture. Are the calculation and the precision of this creation sufficient to control the unpredictability of imagination and of the suggestive character of the flexible form? On one side, two brushed stainless steel pipes measuring 4 meters, on the other, two polished stainless steel tubes at an angle also measuring 4 meters, and both sets are connected by a steel cable. Corpo de Prova II (2015) refers to previous methods — such as the train cars suspended by steel cables and even in some sculptures dating back to the 1970s — but presents new solutions: a pre-established and powerful balance.
In the lobby of the gallery, the never before seen work Upside Down (2015) — consisting of brass tubes connected by steel cables — produces an impact for its monumentality, for its humor and for its challenge to gravity. Even despite the lightness and the aerial quality of the work which, incidentally, seems to create a virtual volume that moves toward the observer's body, Upside Down, measuring 6 meters, has as a challenge the task of standing up. The sculpture also exceeds in scale the environment where it is installed. There is a tension between the work and architecture. The dimensions of the spaces — such as the columns, the thickness of the wall, the passages, the wall coverings, the floor, the ceiling — are seen again.
How do we approach the works of German Lorca, who, at the age of 93 and after 70 years of activity, still amazes us? The exhibition Travessias held at the Galeria Millan, in partnership with FASS, aims to approach this issue and some others. The exhibition presents twenty-seven photographs of the artist, produced from 1948 to 2014, who achieved seven decades of uninterrupted production.
It is known that Lorca is one of the major photographers among the “modern photographers of São Paulo”, all of them members of the Foto Cine Clube Bandeirantes, during the 1940s and the 1950s. The group knew how to suit to its works the vertiginous growth of São Paulo City in those days. The modern city required a new iconography that could represent it. Lorca, through his experimentation and modern instinct, found this new way and transformed the urban landscape into the living character of his images.
But the exhibition Travessias also proves that the language of German Lorca’s photography transcends the so-called modern photography repertoire; there is an evolution. At the very beginning are renowned photographs such as "Malandragem" (1949) and "Troncos cruzados" (1955).
In the 1960s, his photography shows a formal and graphical research. These images arouse some amazement, as, for instance, Folhagens”, the window “Mondrian” and “Andaime”, all of them from the 1960s. Or even “Aeroporto (1961 and 1965) in which the vagueness and some silhouettes seem to be in motion.
In the series of photographs made in New York, during three different travels (1967, 1978 and 1982), the city does not show up in its magnitude; It is a set of close-ups, composing a patchwork of mirrors, shop fronts and frontages.
The time brought to German Lorca’s photography some cleanness, a power of synthesis, as shown in “Circulo quadrado” (2007).
In his most recent series, made in 2014, the main issue is the composition of the image and the search for the essence of the shape, with lights and shadows effects created by the sun at different times of night and day.
The exhibition Travessias presents the work of German Lucas not just as part of the history of Brazilian modern photography, but also as the development of a visual language, coherent and original, which started at the end of the 1940s and reached the 2nd decade of the 21st century.
Galeria Millan is delighted to participate in the Feature sector of Art Basel 2015 with works by the portuguese born artist Artur Barrio. Settled in Brazil, he works in media such as performance, installation and video, and using unusual materials such as meat, salt, organic waste, Barrio investigates transient and hidden aspects of our reality. For Basel, Galeria Millan will present the photographic records of three projects called Situações (situations), all from the 1970s: Navalha Relógio (1970), 6 Movimentos (1974) and Uma observação, 6 aproximações, 1 recuo (1975).
Galeria Millan is delighted to participate in the Feature sector of Art Basel 2015 with works by the Brazilian artist Artur Barrio.
Artur Barrio's projects engage the viewer as a participant, challenging the sensorial coordinates with which we usually consider the world so as to conjure up other ways of understanding it. Working in media such as performance, installation and video, and using unusual and potentially disturbing materials such as meat, salt, organic waste, Barrio investigates transient and hidden aspects of our reality, often revealing beauty where it is unexpected. His work transgresses the limits to which art is generally subjected and eludes stereotypical classifications. Although Artur Barrio works with a variety of procedures the conceptual core of its trajectory are the Situações (Situations) in which the artist physically manipulates space: modifying it and rendering it both active and vibrant.
According to João Fernandes, director of Museo Reina Sofia, “Barrio...creates situations where he constructs a personal discourse in which he appropriates the real, reconstituting it poetically and politically in the residues of this same real that he evidences and that are often occulted from us by the social domestication of taste and by the social self-legitimation of the artistic object”.
For Basel Galeria Millan will present the photographic documentation of three of these Situations: Navalha Relógio (1970), 6 Movimentos (1974) and Uma observação, 6 aproximações, 1 recuo (1975). Since these projects exist in accordance with their ephemerality, the records are the only way to allow those that did not witness them in the flesh to become acquainted with his projects.
Navalha Relógio (Razor Blade Clock) comprises three photos and two cardboards that document an action that the artist himself describes as: “Work accomplished in July 1970, Rio de Janeiro. A MIRROR WITH A RAZOR BLADE PLACED OVER IT. THE TIME – THE IMAGE. THE RAZOR BLADE”.
The second work, titled 6 movimentos (6 movements) is dated 1974, when the artist was again living in Portugal. The piece comprises 12 photographs of the action of cutting a canvas.
Uma observação, 6 aproximações, 1 recuo (One observation, 6 approximations, 1 retreat), is from 1975. Accomplished when he was living in Paris, the piece has a more poetical tone than the others and has the beach and the sea as setting, elements that are dear and recurring in Barrio’s production.
Known for his figurative work and now showing only abstract paintings Rodrigo Bivar presents his new solo show entitled Lapa at Galeria Millan. There are about 15 unpublished oil paintings - large, medium and small scale - offering a sort of “mental game” with the space found in the painting; the structure remains with colors and shapes that seem to move around the canvas.
Rodrigo Bivar has been working on his abstract raid for two year now. The change did not only imply an aesthetic transformation, - where, for example, the color is freed from its secondary use in image and assumes the protagonist role in the painting – but since there was also a renewal in his art making, the process becomes essential.
The preparation of the paint also changed: now, the oil paint has egg yolk which adds more transparency consequently increasing the light range found on the works. The beeswax, used by the artist, removes the excess shine of the paint. In each work, Rodrigo searches to counteract the speed in the apprehension of the images with the slowness in which they were produced.
The key for the show was the traditional Lapa neighborhood, west side of São Paulo, where Bivar maintains his studio. The architecture of the region – walls, doors, and windows – decay and in its place, new colors and shapes occupy the painting’s space.
If on one hand, Lapa denotes the rupture in his artistic trajectory, on the other, it demonstrates the loving relationship that the artist has with the district that he works in, he emphasizes, “Without even realizing, Lapa and its colors stepped into my paintings”.