13/08/2012 | The Seven Mistakes Game |Revista das Artes

THE SEVEN MISTAKES GAME, RANCHINHO AND RODRIGO ANDRADE - 10 PAINTINGS AND 10 VERSIONS. After holding, in 2010, the exhibition named Brazilian Art: Beyond the System, in which popular artists are shown alongside contemporary artists, the Estação Art Gallery has been promoting the meeting between these two worlds. In The Seven Mistakes Game, at the invitation of gallery owner Vilma Eid, artist Rodrigo Andrade (São Paulo, 1963) proposed re-interpretations of the works of Ranchinho (Sebastião Theodoro Paulino da Silva, born 1923, in Oscar Bressane – SP; died 2003, in Assis - SP). The result of this “pictophagy” is shown in this exhibition with 10 unpublished works of the contemporary artist shown alongside the works of the painter out of root culture. Differently from Picasso, who changed concepts and established a new school on depicting the famous Lunch on the Grass, by Manet, Andrade has used appropriation, a contemporary linguistic process, and also sought perfection in his re-readings of the popular master. The artist photographed the work and then projected the pictures on white screens, replicating every stroke of the brush. The difference between the versions is small and quite subtle. From afar, they seem identical, with the same hues in the drawings and the differences only arising when taking a close look. The title of the exhibition, The Seven Mistakes Game, is based on this resemblance that is only revealed in the thick layers of paint, which is a characteristic of Rodrigo Andrade, when taking a close look. Musician Toni Belotto, who comes from Assis, the same city as Ranchinho, has already shot a Super-8 film about the artist and also signs a text for the catalogue of this exhibition. About Ranchinho. Born in the countryside of the state of São Paulo, the son of farm workers, Sebastião Theodoro Paulino da Silva, or Ranchinho, was a weak and frail child, with great difficulty to develop and learn. Drawing has always been a constant practice in his life. As time went by, he never got to stay at any job, always living in abandoned shacks, collecting scrap metal to sell. In 1970 more or less, the writer and art specialist José Mimessi taught him how to handle gouache paint, and then slowly his works came to the city of São Paulo, arousing interest shown by many collectors, impressed by the solutions that he adopts in his paintings. In 2000, invited by Emanoel Araújo, he made a re-reading of the painting by Almeida Jr, “Country Bumpkin Dicing Tobacco”, of 1893, which was part of the exhibition “Almeida Júnior: an artist revisited” at the São Paulo Pinacothèque. Ranchinho also participated in the National Biennial Exhibition of São Paulo(1976), the 500 Years Biennial (2000) and the Brazilian Naïf Biennials in Piracicaba, São Paulo (1994), as well as many other collective exhibitions, among which we can mention: “Brazilian Primitive Painting” at the Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico (1980); “40 Primitive Painters” at the Guido Viaro Museum in Curitiba (1981) and “Work in popular painting” at the Brazilian House Museum in São Paulo (1982). About Rodrigo Andrade: He studied at the Studio of Graphic Arts, in Glasgow, Scotland, and also attended further courses in engraving and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Paris, France. Since the start of his career, he received important awards at national art exhibitions. He participated in the 29th Biennial Exhibition of São Paulo in 2010 and received a Vitae grant for plastic arts in 2004. As from 1986, he had several individual exhibitions in São Paulo (São Paulo), Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro) and Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), and also several collective exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. In 2000, he started a series of pictorial intervention work in public spaces: Wall Project at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in São Paulo; Lanches Alvorada, at a bar in downtown São Paulo, and also the Savings Bank Walls at the museum of the Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal) also in São Paulo (SP). Information: The Seven Mistakes Game - Ranchinho and Rodrigo Andrade - 10 paintings and 10 versions. Opening: 30 August at 7 p.m. (for guests). Runs until 31 October 2012: Mondays to Fridays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and 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. Press Information: Pool de Comunicação – Marcy Junqueira Contacts: Marcy Junqueira and Martim Pelisson, Telephone: 0xx11 3032-1599 /

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