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25/06/2013 | Arte Um - Terra - Aurelino | paintings

With geometrical strokes, the paintings by this Bahian artist are a unique representation of urban life. The Estação Art Gallery presents, from 25 June to 31 August 2013, an individual exhibition by Aurelino dos Santos (Salvador, BA, 1942), under the curatorship of Lorenzo Mammì. There is a total of 21 paintings which express the modern and metropolitan culture of the artist from Salvador. This landscapes surprise everyone through the unique geometry of the planes, shapes and colours. Wandering around the streets close to Ondina, where he lives, he collects materials for the concept of his work that seems to seek order within the chaos of life in the big city. In 2012, he participated in the group exhibition “Histoires de Voir” organised by the Cartier Foundation in Paris. With geometrical lines, his paintings reflect urban life in a unique manner. Based on triangles, circles and rectangular shapes, as well as the use of strong colours like purple, lemon green, pink, orange, the pictures by Aurelino, like the planarity present in modern painting, do not bring a notion of depth. “In this planarity there was acknowledgement, in some way, of the expression of a deep conflict that threatened him personally from close by, while also a way, albeit a precarious one, to block the threat. 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. With the Quixotesque weapons in his models, Aurelino faces his windmills every day. He does not defeat them, but so far has not let them invade the world. The plane of the picture is where things arise and pile up, but is also where they may be retained. This may say something about geometry and planarity which has not yet been said. At least not in this way”, completes Mammì. Information: Aurelino – Paintings. Opening on 25 June at 7 p.m. (guests). 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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