Galería Elvira González is pleased to present the exhibition Nuevos Objetos from Waltercio Caldas (Rio de Janeiro, 1946) showing his recent works.
The work of Waltercio Caldas is in the context of the brazilian experimental art of the end of the sixties and beginning of the seventies. His works is related with Neo-Concretism, the artistic movement that emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the early seventies with artists as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. Theses artists suggested a multisensorial approach to the work of art.
Watercio Caldas uses industrial materials as stainless steel, vinyl and domestic materials as wool and pins, materials used in a direct and clear way. The precise use of these materials, with aseptic and clear shapes, offer a sense of space density, and, at the same time, of accumulation. The use of the structure, surfaces and transparent polished materials reinforce the effect of light and gives visibility and formal coherence to his works.
The works in the exhibition are his new “objects”, autonomous works that pursue
complexity through the relations parts. During the last years W. Caldas is looking for slight revelations for the perception, combining objects that resemble between each other and dissapearing within the exhibition space. This way, a new space emerge from the tension between the objects and the space. Caldas defines the space making it become material and as relevant to the work as the steel or the wool used in the work.
Transparency and lightness are present in his work. The artist declares “I like objects to let themselves be crossed by the view, the transparency provokes the view to go back to you. My works need to be review, the first time the view crosses them and comes back and it is at the second time when the view makes them his own
Over the last years, Waltercio Caldas started a line of work based on the synthesis between materials and space, as seen at the installation at the Venice Biennale, 2007, Half Mirror Sharp
where the sensorial game within a space defined by transparent glasses, thin threads of black wool and shadows, pushed the viewer to reflect over the boundaries of perception.
His works can be found in the collection of some of the most relevant museums as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Neue Galerie, Kassel, together with brasilian museums as Museo d'Arte di San Paolo and Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro.
He has represented Brasil at the Venice Biennale, 1997 and Sao Paulo Biennale, 1996. His public sculpture can be viewed at Leirfjord, Norway, Paseo de las Américas in Punta del Este, Uruguay or Avenida Beira-Mar in Río de Janeiro. Important exhibitions were shown on 2008 at Fundaçao Galouste Gulbenkian, Portugal or Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago de Compostela. More recently the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Río de Janeiro, MAM has done an important retrospective.
Waltercio Caldas lives and works in Río de Janeiro.www.walterciocaldas.com.br