Work by Julio Villani in the exhibition at Galeria Estação. PHOTO: Disclosure

The artist Julio Villani presents, simultaneously, two solo shows in São Paulo, both opening this Saturday, June 15th: by a threadAt Station Gallery, and bastedAt Raquel Arnaud Gallery.

by a thread brings together a set of sculptures that refer to the shapes of bodies and faces of animals, created with everyday objects – such as pans, shells and sieves – and pieces of wood, wires and threads.

“From Artur Pereira's bestiary to Lygia Clark's animals, from Graciliano Ramos's Baleia to Guimarães Rosa's Burrinho Pedrês, there is no lack of prodigious animals in Brazilian art. It is now time to integrate Julio Villani's creatures into this fauna – taking care, however, to preserve their uniqueness within this imaginary family”, writes Samuel Titan in the exhibition's presentation text.

According to him, the works are heirs of a certain Parisian surrealism, but they seem to remind us of the sensorial memories of a country boy. It is worth remembering that Villani, who now lives between Paris and São Paulo, was born in the city of Marília, in the interior of the state of São Paulo,

basted, in turn, gathers at Galeria Raquel Arnaud paintings (acrylic, charcoal and kaolin on canvas), drawings, embroidery, objects, sculptures, toys and collages that envelop the spectator through the line, so present in Villani's work. According to Titan, in a text about the show, the threads and lines that Villani traces (stretch, hang, extend) serve to connect (bind, tie, entwine), to suggest constellations of beings, forms, regions of experience that seemed to be separated until then. .

Galeria Raquel Arnaud presents, in the same period, two other solo shows, Fragments, by Carlos Zilio, and Vocabulary for Fixing Vertigo, by Raúl Díaz Reyes.

by a thread
Estação Gallery – Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625, Pinheiros
June 15th through July 27nd

Raquel Arnaud Gallery – Rua Fidalga, 125, Vila Madalena
From June 15th to August 24th


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