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13/11/2012 | Blog Taste | 13 November 2012 – A gift-wrapped world | By Cesar Giobbi

Tuesday 13 November 2013 17:00 By: Editorial Department, Cesar Giobbi. For the last exhibition of the year, the Estação Art Gallery presents the work of Julio Martins da Silva (1893-1978), an artist that has almost been forgotten, even though he is very significant for Brazilian popular art. Apart from participating in the Biennial Exhibition in Venice, that same year he was the subject of the film ”What I am seeing, you cannot see”, produced by Carlos Augusto Calil, a professor at ECA-USP and who is now the Municipal Secretariat for Tourism in São Paulo. Now, his work has been duly and deservedly recognised through the eyes of Paulo Pasta, the curator of this exhibition with 19 works of the collection of this gallery and which shall be opened this Thursday the 13th at 7 p.m. Júlio Martins da Silva, a belated painter, started to use oil paintings only after his definite retirement. He was very interested in nature, and particularly in landscapes. His pictures, always showing an organised scene, with light touches of the paintbrush, in calm and harmonious colours, are in counterposition to a life beset with difficulties. “This contrast between a life full of adversities and shortages and a production where this does not appear, or better, where the opposite of this condition is developed, as I have already tried to state, amounts to one of the main contradictions present in the work of Júlio Martins da Silva”, the curator says. According to Paulo Pasta, the landscapes of this artist have highly specific characteristics, closer to imagination than to reality. The curator also mentions, as rarely seen in his works, the representation of a wild form of nature, with rules, and forests, when they appear, are also shown in mild and ordered fashion. “I believe that the real archetype of his landscapes is the garden, where Júlio Martins da Silva seems to find his perfect theme”, he completes. Transcourses – By Aline van Langendonck. Together with the exhibition by Júlio Martins da Silva, there is also, on the 1st floor of the gallery, the exhibition by Aline van Langendonck, an artist who participated in the Artistic Residence programme of the Acaia Studio in 2012, with the support of the Estação Gallery. Under the curatorship of Tiago Mesquita, the Transcourses exhibition brings together a set of work about the possibilities of relationships between categorisations during movements through space. The exhibition shows the Rio Grande video, which was filmed in the CPTM commuter train lines, in São Paulo; a series of monotypes in which a black strip composes space in different ways, as well as suggesting a division of images in sequence with a break of linearity; notebooks that investigate variations in shapes of common objects; wooden objects installed between the beam of the exhibition room; as well as documentation of the process of research and work related to the residence period at the studios of the Acaia Institute.




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