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 TRANSLUCENT BODY

Opening of “Translucent Body”, a drawing exhibition with recent works by Miguel Branco, Marcelo Costa and Brian Cronin, on the 1st of June, at 7p.m at João Esteves de Oliveira Art Gallery. 

Exhibition catalogue and texts by Bernardo Pinto de Almeida:

“On a given historical moment – somewhere between themed-seventies and the end of the eighties of the 20th century – the artistic process that was named appropriation worked, for visual arts of the western world, as an ideal conversion model of everything into image, aiming for its re-integration in artistic space. At once, and beforehand, appropriation as reinforcement of the possibility of reducing all images of the past, and in particular of art’s past, into an operative database, subject of being used freely by artists like an immense ready-made repository. (…) 

Miguel Branco, Marcelo Costa and Brian Cronin, each in his own way, and considering the weight of nostalgia on can find in their work from the loss of form, explore the possibilities of this field we call contemporary, and where each painting validates itself in face of a variety of images, that the so called culture of copy (H.Schwartz) placed in circulation by mechanical reproduction (Benjamin), with the consequent universalization of the imaginary museum (Malraux) through magazines, movies, post-cards, books, catalogues, television programs, etc., and even by the growing merchandising in museums, that successively operate on art and destitute it from a single image, by infinite multiplying of its reproductions. What is new in contemporary artists, and these in particular, is that they incorporate in their own practices – be it painting, video, photography or even installation – an increasingly clearer conscience of that deferral imposed by reproducibility and, assuming all consequences, integrate in their work a de-constructive process that constantly reenacts the way images themselves are done. (…)”

Translucent Body

 TRANSLUCENT BODY

Opening of “Translucent Body”, a drawing exhibition with recent works by Miguel Branco, Marcelo Costa and Brian Cronin, on the 1st of June, at 7p.m at João Esteves de Oliveira Art Gallery. 

Exhibition catalogue and texts by Bernardo Pinto de Almeida:

“On a given historical moment – somewhere between themed-seventies and the end of the eighties of the 20th century – the artistic process that was named appropriation worked, for visual arts of the western world, as an ideal conversion model of everything into image, aiming for its re-integration in artistic space. At once, and beforehand, appropriation as reinforcement of the possibility of reducing all images of the past, and in particular of art’s past, into an operative database, subject of being used freely by artists like an immense ready-made repository. (…) 

Miguel Branco, Marcelo Costa and Brian Cronin, each in his own way, and considering the weight of nostalgia on can find in their work from the loss of form, explore the possibilities of this field we call contemporary, and where each painting validates itself in face of a variety of images, that the so called culture of copy (H.Schwartz) placed in circulation by mechanical reproduction (Benjamin), with the consequent universalization of the imaginary museum (Malraux) through magazines, movies, post-cards, books, catalogues, television programs, etc., and even by the growing merchandising in museums, that successively operate on art and destitute it from a single image, by infinite multiplying of its reproductions. What is new in contemporary artists, and these in particular, is that they incorporate in their own practices – be it painting, video, photography or even installation – an increasingly clearer conscience of that deferral imposed by reproducibility and, assuming all consequences, integrate in their work a de-constructive process that constantly reenacts the way images themselves are done. (…)”

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