27/06/2012 | Book and exhibition bring engravings by Gilvan Samico | Ilustrada

A book and an exhibition bring together engravings by Gilvan Samico. PUBLICITY SILAS MARTÍ OF SÃO PAULO. Gilvan Samico had already changed night for day, and now is halfway. “My engravings, when related to cordel literature, was open and solar. Then it started to lose this quality”, the artist says. “It is now no longer solar or nocturne, something of the afternoon, with mild climate”. Samico, aged 84, seems to have found in the recent engravings, now at the Estação Art Gallery in São Paulo, a third way between the Armorial Movement, the idea of extracting erudite culture from popular Northeastern roots, and the depths of Oswaldo Goeldi, of whom he was a “somewhat distracted student”. His work mixes content related to myths and legends with allegories that “come from within”, alleviating the tropical stridence of his native Olinda in closed compositions, icons in carved structures with details in the wood. João Liberato/Publicity: “The Conquest of Fire and Grain”, by Samico. “I started to try containing the image entirely within the space, so that it all remained there”, says Samico. “The merger of my white production with another of a blacker ilk led to this result I follow.” In a book which has now been launched, reviewing Samico’s whole work, Ariano Suassuna writes about his “ability to distinguish the legitimate voice of his spiritual family” and about he opens “spaces in the rough and tyrannical terrain of beauty”. Rural and rude are words that could really describe the nature of these sculpted drawings, scarce and precise stroked, underlined by flashes of colour. Despite having started under the influence of Abelardo da Hora and his Communist aesthetics, reverberating the pamphlet tone of Mexican muralists and their obese figures, Samico trailed a more primitive route, with delicate human figures involved in a spin of standards, friezes and patterns that are rich and complex. GILVAN SAMICO. WHEN: Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., until 31 August. WHERE: Estação Art Gallery (Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625, telephone 0xx11 3813-7253), Admittance Free. SAMICO BOOK, AUTHORS: Weydson Barros Leal and Ariano Suassuna, PUBLISHERS: Bem-Te-Vi, HOW MUCH: R$ 190 (96 pages.)

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