The artist with one of the works in the show. PHOTO: Disclosure

For Alex Flemming, an artist from São Paulo who has lived in Berlin for almost 30 years, art must be beautiful, “as much as I understand that this is not unanimous in critical thinking”, he says. “My life has been researching color and researching material. I am a colorist who has used stuffed animals, Persian rugs, old computers, underwear, furniture and other surfaces to make my objects.”

But, no less important, art must be political, which is remarkable throughout its trajectory and, now, in the exhibition that the artist presents at the Emmathomas Gallery, in São Paulo. In all, there are 28 sinks of different shapes and colors, originating in the 1970s and 1980s, on which Flemming designed carved diamond-tipped hands. The new series – entitled Ecce Homo –, makes reference, from the biblical passage of the condemnation of Jesus Christ, to the behavior of Brazilians in the current political scenario.

“The shapes of the sinks refer to the old domestic altars of Brazilian farms and, here, it is a biblical metaphor applied to the sad current situation in our country. It was not Pontius Pilatos who washed his hands and let Brazil get to the state it is in, but the elites, including the selfishness of all political parties, the omission of institutions and the greed of the market”, he says.

One of the works on display. PHOTO: Disclosure

Despite living in Germany for a long time, Flemming maintains a strong relationship with Brazil. In addition to the various exhibitions held in museums and galleries over the years, the artist is the author of the famous stained glass windows with the faces of “ordinary people”, located at the Sumaré Metro station (since 1998) and at the Mário de Andrade Library (since 2016). ).

The show at Galeria Emmathommas, which runs until March 22, is curated by Ricardo Resende and was created as part of a residency program at the Marcos Amaro Foundation, in Itú.

ALEX FLEMMING – Ecce Homo Series

From February 14th to March 22nd

Emmathomas Gallery – Alameda Franca, 1054 – Jardim Paulista (São Paulo)

Free admission

 

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