27/06/2013 | | Paintings by Aurelino dos Santos | Paintings by Aurelino dos Santos
(Code: 151)
With curatorship by Lorenzo Mammì, the Estação Art Gallery presents an individual exhibition of the works by Aurelino dos Santos (Salvador, BA / 1942), with 21 paintings showing the modern and metropolitan culture of the soteropolitano (born in Salvador) artist. His landscapes stand out for the unique geometry of planes, shapes and colours. Walking around the streets of Ondina, where he lives, he collects materials for the concept of his work, which seeks order within the chaos of the big city. With geometric strokes, his paintings represent city life in a unique manner. Based on the use of triangles, circles and rectangular forms, as well as the use of strong colours like purple, lemon green, pink and orange, the pictures by Aurelino, like the planarity of modern painting, do not bring any notion of depth. “In this planarity somehow there was the recognition of a deep conflict that personally threatened him from close by, and also at the same time a way of stopping the threat, albeit a precarious one. This stopped him falling back on the decorative, as many artists, including some with better cultural content, had already done”, says the curator. The objects that he collects while wandering, like bits of wood or can lids, are foundations for the geometric aspect of his works. “However, the randomness of proportions require an urgency that geometry is not normally able to provide”, says Mammì. In his opinion, “another fact is that the quality of this painting lies in the fact that it does not hide the conflict between the rigidity of contours and the febrile animation of surfaces, geometry and animism – much to the contrary, taking them out to a maximum point of tension.” In Salvador, Aurelino was part of artistic circles since the 1960s, when he met Mario Cravo and Lina Bo Bardi, but he never adapted and made little use of what was produced by the Bahian artists. According to Mammì, his production has a mixture of references like baroque, concretism and neoconcretism, and is based on several resources like spot colours, pontillisms and strong strokes of the brush. “The buildings make an effort to gain life: sometimes they make it, totemic images arise, and other tines they are left behind en route, and then we are in doubt about whether we see windows or eyes, balustrades or rows of teeth”, he completes. Runs until 31 August 2013, from Mondays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Admittance free. Estação Art Gallery (Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625 – Pinheiros SP | Telephone 0xx11 3813-7253)

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