Rio Corrente, Running River
ARTUR LESCHER / Rio Corrente, Running River
December 3, 2012 – January 26, 2013
Private Event (by invitation only): Sunday, December 2, 2012
Opening Reception: Monday, December 3, 2012 from 6-10PM
Alejandra von Hartz Gallery is pleased to present “Rio Corrente/ Running River, Artur Lescher (Sao Paulo, 1962) 2nd Solo Exhibition at the Gallery in Miami.
This exhibition closes a cycle of works that starts in 2010 with the “metaméricos”, articulated wooden and brass works composed of equal parts that resemble organic geometries such as arthropods.
In Running River, the wood, brass and steel structures offer a more accurate sense of connection and dialogue. These structures evoke the idea of trajectory and narrative. Their “lexicon” conveys an idea of discourse, through the articulation of parts that are resignified by the proposed combinations. Thus, the wood’s original voice is silenced in order to engage in a new discourse, assimilating the flowing currents of rivers.
The São Paulo artist stands out in the current panorama of contemporary Brazilian art for his three-dimensional works. These transcend the characteristics of sculpture, mixing the languages of the installation and the object to modify the understanding of these and the space that surrounds them. Constructivism and Suprematism (Malevich, Tatlin…) are important references in Lecher’s work, as well as Brazilian Neo-
Concrete artists (Sergio Camargo, Willis de Castro, Mira Schendel, Helio Oiticica…) whose work proposes a new approach towards the object and its relationship to the viewer and space.
Lescher obtained nationwide recognition as a result of his participation in the 19th Biennial of São Paulo, 1987. There he presented Aerólitos, which consisted of two balloons of eleven feet long, one inside the Pavilion of the exhibition and the other outside, each one in dialogue with the other.
In 2002, for the 25th Biennial of São Paulo, he created Indoor Landscape, two modules of regular forms installed on the floor, one wooden and the other consisting of canvas and water; creating a space of friction inside the building designed by Oscar Niemeyer. By juxtaposing solid geometric structures and materials that have characteristics of impermanence or inconsistency, like water, oil, and salt, Lescher emphasizes
the imponderable or disquiet, as noted by critic and curator, Agnaldo Farias.
He also participated in the Mercosul Visual Arts biennial exhibition, Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2005. Participations in collective exhibitions include: “Incomplete”, Centro Cultural Landscape of Usiminas, Ipatinga, Brazil (2010); “Memorial Revisited – 20 years”, Latin America Memorial (2009); “Almost Liquid”, Itaú Cultural (2008); “80 | 90 Modern Post-modern etc.”, at Tomie Ohtake Institute (2007), all in São Paulo, Brazil.
Amongst his most recent solo exhibitions are: “Inabsência”, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil , “Meta-metric”, Galeria OMR, Colonia Roma, México (2011); “Rio Maquina”, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil.
His works are en in important private and public collections such as Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and MAM-SP, both in São Paulo, Brazil; MALBA Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, both in the United States. He has also exhibited his work in Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, USA and France.