Caixa Cultural São Paulo presents, from 29 from May to 29 of July, the exhibition "Shadows and mysteries", by Mac Adams, one of the founders of Narrative Art.
The exhibition, unpublished in Brazil, curated by Luiz Gustavo Carvalho, presents Brazilian photographic diptychs from the series "Postmodern Tragedies", developed by the artist in the 1980 decade as a way of reflecting on the economic policies developed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively.
Visitors will also be able to check out the "Empty Spaces and Islands" series, as well as the "Bart Simpson / Mickey Mouse" and "Rabbit" sculptures, which were part of an exhibition at the Rodin Museum in Paris.
By provoking hybrid collisions between social tragedies and design tools, the chrome mirrored objects photographed by Mac Adams reflect on their surfaces violent and disturbing situations that completely contradict the perfect metallic shapes. "In an age where the word post-truth was chosen as one of the words that best represents our society, it is impressive to see the contemporaneity of this series in different cultures," comments Luiz Gustavo Carvalho.
Mac Adams has developed over the last decades a work that is rooted in the rich oral and written tradition of the tales of Wales, the novels of Arthur Conan Doyle, Alfred Hitchcock's cinema as well as the cinema noir. of singular importance in two and three dimensions, exploring the narrative potential of photography and installation in the composition and construction of mysterious scenes that take us to the frontier of social norms.
As a storyteller, he uses photographs and objects in a close semiotic relationship. The exhibition at Caixa Cultural São Paulo also features the works of the Anglo-American artist who dialogues with the shadow. This element that has been fascinating humanity since antiquity is approached by Mac Adams, through sculptures, in which abstract structures project figurative shadows. These works, in which sculpture becomes painting and photography, have influenced important American artists such as Tim Nobel and Sue Webster.
"This facet of Mac Adams' work is endowed with a unique humor. However, throughout his work, the artist always forces us to question the veracity of elements that pass between reality and fiction, "says the curator.
About the Artist:
Born in Brynmawr (Wales, UK) at 1943, Mac Adams studied at the Cardiff School of Art and Design between 1962 and 1967. Adams completed his master's degree in fine arts from Rutgers University, where he studied with artist Bob Watts. In 1969, he joined the first exhibition of 'Soft Art' at the New York State Museum along with Richard Serra, Richard Archwager, Keith Sonnier and John Chamberlain, among others. At 1970, he moved to New York City where he currently lives and works.
He was one of the founders of Arte Narrativa, an artistic movement that emerged in the United States in the 1970 decade. At 1974, her first series, "Mystery," was shown at the legendary Green Street Gallery in Soho, NY Adams was associated with a group of conceptual artists using fictional text and photographs. However, he distances himself from these artists by deciding not to use the word and instead adopts a more semiotic approach to narrative, in which photography will play a fundamental role.
Mac Adams has held more than 13 large-scale public art orders, among which the War Memorial Battery in New York stands out. This was the first major memorial dedicated to the Korean War in the United States.
Winner of numerous awards for his work, such as the "Pollock / Krasner Foundation Award" at 2013 and the 2002 Award for Art Research at the University of New York, his works are part of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) , Museum of Modern Art of the Center Pompidou (Paris) and Museum of Modern Art (New York), among others. Exhibitions in the main centers of contemporary art such as the Museum of Modern Art of Luxembourg (MUDAM), the Musée Nicéphore Niépce (Chalon-sur-Saône), Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig (Aachen), Musée Jeu de Paume (Paris), MOCAK ) and MoMa (New York) record the importance of this artist in the contemporary artistic scene.
By 29 in July
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9h to 19h
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