Thursday, May 10, 2012

Facts and Systems of Antony Gormley Still Being in Sao Paulo

Event Horizon can be seen on the top of some buildings on the city centre
The renowned English artist Antony Gormley, 61, has just arrived in Sao Paulo and is opening two exhibitions of his work at once. The Still Being is located in the CCBB and Facts and Systems is addressed at the White Cube.

Still Being
The Still Being exhibition is located in Sao Paulo downtown, and brings 27 sculptures in the shape of men made of iron and full-scale. Placed singly at the top of the buildings, quietly they transform the urban landscape of the region.

The exhibition includes four major installations alongside a number of works and other models. The Entitled Event Horizon* was recently seen in New York (2010) in the Madison Square. Some people were frightened because they thought that the sculptures could be potential suicides. The sculptor, who has placed his work on the ocean and also on the nature, have fun with this story and reveals himself impressed with the architecture of São Paulo. "It looks like a piece of geology, unconscious, made with clever use of concrete and graffiti. The buildings are like crystals," he says.

Since last week, Gormley, is in São Paulo to assemble his exhibition - which is curated by Marcello Dantas and then proceed to the Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. His experience in the metropolis has been "inspiring," he says. He created in 1992 the Amazonian Field with thousands of tiny figures carved in terracotta - work done for the ECO 92 and displayed in Rondônia.

Facts and Systems
Winner of the Turner Prize in 1994, it is also contemplated in the city with the show Facts and Systems, prepared especially for his English gallery, White Cube, who came to attend the Art SP-2012 and rented a shed of 500 square meters near the Park Ibirapuera.

(*) The basic principle of this work is a conceptual idea that we are limited by perception. The body is taken from where it normally is and is exposed against the sky, looking at a horizon that we can not see why we are embedded in the city.

What: Corpos Presentes - Still Being
Where: CCBB - Rua Álvares Penteado, 112 - Centro
When: May 12th till July 15th. Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am till 9 pm
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 3113-3651

What: Fatos e Sistemas - Facts and Systems
Where: White Cube - Rua Agostinho Rodrigues Filho, 550
When: May 9th till July 15th; Wednesday (May 9th) to Friday (May 11th), from 11 am till 10 pm; Saturday (May 12th) and Sunday (May 13th), from 11 am till 8 pm; May 15th till July 15th, from 11 am till 7 pm.
Price: For free

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