15/06/2018 | O Estado de São Paulo - Leda Catunda undertakes the role of curator artist with a show that dialogues with works by Alcides

Leda Catunda undertakes the role of curator artist with a show that dialogues with works by Alcides

The exhibition at Galeria Estação, in São Paulo, brings together 20 works by the artist with 10 by the Bahia painter

Pedro Rocha, Special for O Estado
June 14 2018 | 6am

When Leda Catunda received the invitation to set up an exhibition of her own works in dialogue with some artist from the Galeria Estação collection, her attraction to the work of the Bahia painter Alcides was immediate. "They are large canvases that he painted as small, on an original scale," praises the artist. Her double curatorial and artistic work at the Leda Catunda and Alcides - Where We Are and Where We Are Going exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday night, the 14th.

Leda says that after choosing for the project the 2007 deceased Alcides, she began to perceive more and more similarities between their works, from the palette of colors to the inspirations. "He had a modern inspiration, a longing. In my work, I have a modern longing. "For the curator artist, Alcides's work, which depicted mainly the industrial development he saw in his day as planes, automobiles and factories, floated between abstraction and pop figuration.

In many of his works, as in Albatroz (1996), he painted dots, reminiscent of pop art names like Roy Lichtenstein. In the 10 works of Alcides selected for the exhibition, it is rare to see empty spaces without the dots. "He was not disconnected from this world. It is a constant background, a willingness to use this symbol of modernity. "According to Galeria Estação, which markets the painter in Brazil, many works by Alcides are purchased by American collectors, who consider them as pop art.

Born in Rui Barbosa, in the state of Bahia in 1932, Alcides Pereira dos Santos moved to the state of Mato Grosso in the 1950s. At that time, he painted houses, landscapes, gardens and animals. It was when he moved to São Paulo in the 1990s that he started to focus on models of automobiles, aircraft, ships, industries and urban landscapes. Nature, however, continued to be present in his work, as the exhibition shows in Plantation and Plateau, both from 1998, which show natural landscapes under the eyes and exploitation of man. "We have a marvel at technology, but we are still on a planet full of water, hills, bugs," analyzes Catunda.

Metaphors. If the work of Alcides, in great part, portrays the means of transport, that of Leda Catunda, on the other hand, refers to the ways. For the exhibition, the artist created two works, Track 1 and Track 2, object paintings, cut out of wood, which bring roads, rivers and lakes, some symbolic elements that house the representations of Alcides and that were already present in previous works of Catunda. In her curatorial text, she writes of her "special affection for the organization of things in life," such as "the road, the mountain, the house and the pond" - many of Leda's works selected for the show feature lakes. "Even my friends tease me: 'lake again'?"

For the curator artist, both the themes of Alcides's works and those of her own are metaphors for life. "Roads, vehicles and travel have a metaphorical suggestion of change," she explains in her curatorial text. "Moving from one point to another, moving from a situation to a new one." The artist, who is currently preparing to present unpublished works at the São Paulo Biennial, has altogether 20 works in the exhibition, alongside Alcides, among paintings, prints, collages and watercolors. Although she has been curating since the 1980s, Catunda defines as "a curious experience” that of having her own works in dialogue with those of another artist

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