Reception: September 6, 6-8pm
Miyako Yoshinaga presents Galáxias, a new body of work from Brazilian artist Cleverson Oliveira, on view from September 7 through October 13, 2012. A reception will be held on Thursday, September 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
Oliviera's new work includes works on canvas, drawings, lithographs, a video, and a site-specific wall installation. Most of the works are black and white, some are surrounded by subtle shades of gray, and all feature a distinctive mix of linear geometry and explosive composition. Conceptually, the artist's vision stems from the notoriously thorny poems of Haroldo de Campos* entitled Galáxias (1963-1979). Cleverson's works reflect the fragmented structure of the poetry while insisting on the Neo-Concretist doctrine that the art be subjective and organic. The artist's version of sacred geometry links mathematical structure to cosmic, psychic, spiritual, and organic experience. These 'sensorial maps' reveal spatial and subjective connections relating to macrocosmos and microcosmos, society and individual, abstract and sensorial. Meanwhile, Oliveira's employment of graphite, permanent marker, and adhesive vinyl demonstrates his belief in the potency of accessible-to-all materials and ideas.
The wall installation entitled Galáxias (Dimetiltriptamina) serves as the exhibition's principal axis flanked by the recurring hyperspatial interconnections in the surrounding media. In his video piece, Oliveira introduces an organic element into the equation, superimposing his exploding fragments and kaleidoscopic patterns over a traditional musician playing an oud. Science, nature, art, and humanity all become part of an evocative melody as Oliveira uniquely expresses his experience of the world as one interconnected whole.
Cleverson Oliveira (born 1972, Brazil) studied sculpture at the Escola de Música e Belas Artes do Paraná. His work was subject of solo exhibitions at Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná, Museu Joaquim Nabuco, Museu de Fotografia Solar do Barao, and was included in a number of group exhibitions in the United States and Brazil. His work was also shown at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Pãulo. The artist is represented in prominent collections internationally, including Ruth Kaufmann Collection, Sylvia Martins Collection, Brazil Foundation Art Collection, Fundação Cultural de Curitiba Collection, Guita Soiffer Art Collection.
Oliveira's past solo exhibitions with Miyako Yoshinaga were "Frontiers: New York to Rio by Bus, A Journey through the Americas" (2006), "Golden Years" (2004), and "Cleverlandia" (2002). He currently lives and works in Curitiba, Brazil.
Miyako Yoshinaga is located at 547 West 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in New York. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 6pm. For media/press inquiries, please contact David Gimbert at +1 212 268 7132 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Haroldo de Campos (1929-2003) was a Brazilian poet, critic, and translator.
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