Drawings & ...
15/09/2016 - 23/12/2016
Galería Elvira González is pleased
to announce the opening on the 15th of
September of 2016, “Drawings and
more…” an exhibition by the Brazilian artist Waltercio Caldas. The show
-comprised by four sculptures and thirty-two drawings- is the first in the
gallery’s new space of located in calle Hermanos Álvarez Quintero, 1 Madrid,
and the third of the artist with the gallery.
The work of Waltercio Caldas exploresthe frontiers between what exists and what we don’t
see but can intuit or guess, between what is present and that which is not
apparent. The perception of space, the scale and the aesthetics are central
traits of his work that translate in a visual poetics that invites to
His works, most in three dimensions, challenge the
limits of the drawing in a search for going beyond one level. They are
three-dimensional drawings, and more-over, objects in paper with lines and
images that unfold and penetrate in different planes as a result of an artistic
endeavor that transforms the traditional conception of drawing.
These works maintain the
suggestive use of color characteristic of Caldas’s oeuvre. It works as an
indicator, as a silent detail, almost an intruder, that gives light, movement
and perspective to the work.
The objects are activated when the
spectator comes in contact with them, observing them and moving around the
space created by their presence. They don’t pretend to impact the viewer with illusions,
but to offer new forms of perception.
Waltercio Caldas (Rio de Janeiro,
1946) is one of Brazil’s most recognized artists. He studied under Ivan Serpa
at the Museu de Arte Moderna do
Rio de Janeiro, where Caldas’s first major solo exhibition was held in
1973. He has shown since at the Kanaal Art Foundation (Kortrijk, Belgium, 1992);
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1992); Documenta 9 (Kassel, Germany,
1992); and the Centre d'Art Contemporain (Geneva, Switzerland, 1993). He participated in
various editions of the Sao Paulo Biennial (1983, 1987, 1996) and represented
Brazil at the Venice Biennial of 1997.
In 2008 the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian in
Lisbon and the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea of Santiago de Compostela
presented two large individual exhibitions of Caldas. In 2010, “Salas e
Abismos”, a solo show with installations, was considered one of the best
exhibitions of the year in Brazil. And in 2013, The Blanton Museum of Texas held a retrospective of
His works form part
of the collections of important international institutions such as the Neue
Galerie of Kassel and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of New York as well as
those of Brazilian museums including the Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo and
the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. His public sculptures can be found
in Leirfjord (Norway), Paseo de las Américas in Punta del Este (Uruguay) and
Avenida Beira Mar in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).