Exhibition "What is painting for"

Sat02Mar(Mar 2)14:00sun19May(May 19)18:00Exhibition "What is painting for"Paulo Pasta opens the solo exhibition What is a painting for at the Iberê FoundationIberê Foundation, Avenida Padre Cacique, 2000 – Bairro CristalTele, Porto Alegre RS

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The exposure “What is painting for” presents 40 works, most of them unpublished, including large and small canvases of varying formats on canvas and paper - a set that demonstrates Pasta's deep mastery and appreciation for his practice.

As Mammi writes, “a TV or computer screen will never be a thing, nor will the images that appear on it. They can never be anything other than what they are. A painting yes, and it is placed (especially in the case of Pasta) exactly in that interval in which the thing becomes an image (the pigment becomes color; the canvas, figure) and vice versa. A kind of pause, a syncope, in which we detach ourselves from the world and test our freedom in relation to it.”

The artist also curates eclipses, an exhibition that brings together works by Iberê Camargo focusing on the perception of color and luminosity, opening on the same occasion. “The best metaphor, for me, about Iberê’s colors, is that of the eclipse. In addition to the nocturnal aspect of his works, the light constructed by him seems not to illuminate, not to warm, more or less like the suggestion of a sun that has been closed”, writes Pasta.

On the opening day of the exhibitions, Paulo Pasta and Lorenzo Mammi welcome the public for a conversation about painting at 15pm, in the Fundação Iberê auditorium.

The building in front was painted: dark gray in the window area, cream near the corner, pink at the base of the balconies, the shutters in a more yellowish cream, already partially faded. It is, at the same time, a building and an image. Normally, however, we don't look at the image, we just see the building. We don't think about colors except because they distinguish objects. But at any moment, if I have time and patience, I can abstract from the concreteness of the object and look at it as if it were a painting. Realize, for example, that its elements are separated by contour and related by color. That its colors have a history and an affective valence and, therefore, perhaps, we color things – not so much to distinguish them, but to appropriate them. That, finally, a certain combination of shape and colors is what makes this building an individual.

A TV or computer screen will never be a thing, and neither will the images that appear on it. They can never be anything other than what they are. A painting yes, and it is placed (especially in the case of Pasta) exactly in that interval in which the thing becomes an image (the pigment becomes color; the canvas, figure) and vice versa. A kind of pause, a syncope, in which we detach ourselves from the world and test our freedom in relation to it.

All perception tends, irresistibly, to crystallize into figures or schemes. But there is a moment immediately before this crystallization that is neither one thing nor the other. As Pasta himself says, there is a moment when it is “the noise of something”. Not necessarily from something from the past, but from a certain thickness of the present, which causes the context to be, for a moment, suspended and the perception to appear, so to speak, in its pure state. It is the sliver of light beneath the door with which Proust begins his Search for Lost Time.

What is a painting for? Maybe just to make the world a little more complicated. Painting is like generating the other of yourself, another personality and another place. Every painting is a world, as Baudelaire said, repeating Delacroix – a world related to ours, we might add, but not the same world.

Lorenzo Mammì

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Exhibition | What is paint for?
From March 02th to May 19th
Thursday to Sunday, from 14pm to 18pm (last entry)

Period

March 2, 2024 14:00 - May 19, 2024 18:00(GMT-03:00)

Location

Iberê Foundation

Avenida Padre Cacique, 2000 – Bairro CristalTele, Porto Alegre RS

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