Galeria Jaqueline Martins presents subhidroinfraentre by Ricardo Basbaum.
The artist created new diagrams, drawings, and site-specific objects for the project.
November 17 will see the opening of Ricardo Basbaum’s solo exhibit subhidroinfraentre (subhydroinfrabetween) on the ground floor of Galeria Jaqueline Martins, featuring previously unseen works in direct dialog with the gallery facilities. subhidroinfraentre was born of a set of four key concepts composed of small words referencing axes that have oriented the development of the artist’s work. They are: subhidroinfraentre, floraparadoxanós, anorgânicaintensaperformativa, and bioconceitualismo. Since the 80s, Ricardo Basbaum has investigated art as an intermediate platform tying together communication, sensory experience, sociability, and language. Each medium is used in a bid to connect with exhibitiongoers, so as to distribute the proposed questions through contact.
The show has been built around and named after subhidroinfraentre (lago). The first piece created for the exhibit, it comprises a small lake filled with water whose outlines at...once portray the images of a flower and a microorganism. It also references the artist’s constantly ongoing NBP project, a sonic piece created in partnership with the composer and sound artist Paulo Dantas. It features six microphones (including 2 hydrophones and 2 geophones) in and around the water, capturing sound from the water, the architecture, and the gallery space at regular time intervals. The audio material, which also includes prerecorded bits of the four key concepts, is digitally processed and played back into the room through a set of speakers.
In striving to create exhibitions that enable sharing and socialization experiences, Ricardo Basbaum has come up with a specific vocabulary of codes, forms, and proposals that come together in a unique way with each new project. His diagramas series (1994 - ongoing) – consisting of diagram prints on vinyl stickers applied directly onto the venue’s walls – might be the best known and most representative instance of this repertoire. This form of drawing/installation works as a sensory-conceptual cartography of words, signs, gestures, and movements. Precisely because they are not accompanied by labels offering objective translations, the diagramas attempt to involve viewers in the challenge of communication itself, with its ruptures, noises, and universal signs. For this exhibition, Ricardo Basbaum created three new works from this series.
"It was circa 1994 that I recognized and named the 'Diagramas' as part of my art practice; they remained a diffuse presence for some time, along with a kind of graphic drive through drawing, printing, and writing. I progressively realized that my proposals pointed to a sort of dynamic that had to be emphasized through a more specific mapping strategy – one that could indicate a process unrelated to one or another specific medium or object, which nevertheless might explain the development of a project, an action strategy – discussing contemporary art and the artist’s role/image as a force in direct contact with the exterior (the subject, society).”
Another typical feature of Basbaum’s work that is seen in the show is his designing of pieces, often of furniture, that even further integrate viewers and artworks. Upon entering the exhibition room, visitors come upon a curved metal piece titled subhidroinfraentre (curva), purposely designed for the gallery’s lobby: at once sculptural and architectural, this life-size piece stands in the way of the visitor, who must decide which way to go – to remain in that space or seek other paths, which lead to one of the diagrams or the gallery’s main room.
In entering the gallery, as soon as they are faced with subhidroinfraentre (curva), visitors will encounter the series anotações projeto NBP (contexto subhidroinfraentre). Originally comprising 16 notes (anotações) – only six will be on show –, this series combines reflections and comments from the artist regarding his different projects and working series, which have been continuously unfolding since the 1990s. Lines and text mesh into fluid, diagrammatic designs. Also noteworthy is desembaraçar franquias solares dos povos ao contrário (para múltiplas vozes), a wheat-paste poster in which the artist introduces a sentence for collective vocalization that lovingly expresses “a potential formula of emancipation from negative values,” a necessary intervention and resistance tool in face of the assertive automatisms of control-based society.
Ricardo Basbaum participated recently in major group shows at Documenta XII (Kassel, Germany), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (USA), the São Paulo Modern Art Museum, the São Paulo International Biennial, Le 19 (Centre régional d’art contemporain, Montbéliard, France), The Secession (Vienna, Austria), and the Fortaleza Contemporary Art Museum, among other venues. He had a stint as artist-in-residence at the Audain Gallery in Vancouver and carried out solo projects at Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and The Showroom (London, England).
The works of Ricardo Basbaum are in the collections of major venues, such as: Tate Modern (London), Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, USA), the USP Contemporary Art Museum, and the Museums of Modern Art of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Entrada actualizada el el 25 nov de 2021
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