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Galeria Nara Roesler opens exhibition of works by Carlito Carvalhosa, Artur Lescher, and Marco Maggi
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NEW YORK, NY.- Galeria Nara Roesler New York is presenting Theory of the Inevitable Convergence, an exhibition of works by Carlito Carvalhosa, Artur Lescher, and Marco Maggi that highlights untapped points of convergence between the narratives of the three artists.

In addition to formal artistic intersections, the chosen works evoke important questions that the three artists have recurrently posed to the public, including the ways in which their works relate to the surrounding space, be it through interference and disruption or through suggesting an unknown place, linked or not to the physical realm. The works thus invite the viewer to experience new circumstances and, perhaps, rethink their relationship to the world around them.

Arthur Lescher presents Finials, small sculptures on pedestals meant to reference architectural structures: the apse of a church or temple, a corporate building, or—as the artist ironically puts it—the tip of a missile, evoking the power and eloquence of man. Also on display are the artist’s Pendulums , which resemble vibrating instruments and magnetic sources, sensitive to the disturbances of the space around them as well as the transient state of the observer. Subject to the force of gravity, the pendulums could act as instruments of an invisible writing, incessantly suggesting a new history/memory for both the space in which they are situated and the works that surround them.

Carlito Carvalhosa’s installation, in turn, comprises oils on mirrored aluminum, hanging or leaning against tubular lamps symmetrically arranged on the wall. The mirrored pieces offer a singular experience: the viewer is prevented from seeing his/her full reflection, only able to experience it partially or in a distorted manner due to the almost fully painted surfaces. Given the current social context, in which everyone constantly sees and shares images of themselves on different networks, Carvalhosa’s installation triggers a strange feeling within the viewer, who instantly pauses and enters something of a “non-place,” where the lack of narrative can be disconcerting.

Marco Maggi presents Podium , a triptych of three panels, each a different size and color—gold, silver, and bronze. To create the work, the artist precisely and delicately carved signs into metallic sheets, which he then placed inside slide frames. Although the title and colors immediately suggest a narrative, when approaching the work, the viewer realizes that each slide offers a unique abstract image that has the ability to gain different meanings. In the words of the artist: “If there is no complicity with the spectator, the work does not exist.” He goes on to say, “When people ask me what I do, what my profession is, I answer that I am a promoter of pauses.” Podium is therefore an invitation to another temporality, creating the opportunity to lose oneself and get carried away by the abstract narrative of the artist.

The formality and rigor present in Maggi’s delicate geometric creation is also present in Lescher’s works, throughout their precise forms, which lack excess. These forms, composed of essentially reflective surfaces, in turn find a counterpoint in Carvalhosa’s painted aluminum while at the same time circling back to Maggi, who poses the same questions through his carvings in metallic sheets.

Using these convergences as starting points while simultaneously allowing the differences between their works to shine through, the artists invite the public to discover new possibilities and routes. In Maggi’s words, “We deserve a pause, and an insignificant drawing can work as a perfect training ground to increase our capacity to live in an illegible context.” Lescher emphasizes that “it is the flow of thought in its various states of perception that builds the senses. A cyclical form of time finds its place.” Carvalhosa concludes, “In the garden of the paths that bifurcate, there is the Theory of the Inevitable Convergence!”

Artur Lescher (b. 1962, São Paulo, Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo. For more than 30 years, Lescher has produced a solid body of work as a sculptor, drawing on his research around the articulation of materials, thoughts, and forms. In this sense, the artist is engaged in a singular, uninterrupted and precise dialogue with both architectonic space and design and his choice of materials, which may include metal, stone, wood, felt, salts, brass, and copper, and which serve as fundamental elements to highlight the power of this discourse. According to the art historian Matthieu Poirier, “The main quality of Artur Lescher’s pared-down, finely crafted works is that they produce a tangible force field—a magnetic field, one might say, considering the metals he uses. ... But it is, above all, a perceptual matter.” Yet at the same time as Lescher’s work is strongly linked to industrial processes, achieving extreme refinement and rigor, it goes beyond form to open space for myth and imagination, essential elements for the construction of his Minimal Landscape (Galeria Nara Roesler, 2006). By giving his artworks names such as Rio Máquina (Machine River), Metamérico (Metameric), and Inabsência (Inability) (Projeto Octógono, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2012), Lescher proposes an extension of the work, suggesting a narrative, sometimes contradictory or provocative, that places the spectator in a state of suspension. Lescher participated in the 2005 edition of the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and in the 1987 and 2002 editions of the São Paulo Biennial. He has taken part in exhibitions in Latin America, Europe, and the United States, and has had two solo shows, one at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2006) and the other at the Palais d’Iéna, Paris (2017).

Carlito Carvalhosa (b. 1961, São Paulo, Brazil) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Recognized widely throughout Brazil, he emerged in the Brazilian art scene in the 1980s as a member of the São Paulo–based collective Casa 7, alongside Rodrigo Andrade, Fábio Miguez, Nuno Ramos, and Paulo Monteiro, a period in which he produced large paintings with an emphasis on the pictorial gesture. For more than 20 years, the artist has been using diverse mediums and objects— including electric lights, fabric, wax, wood, and mirrors—to explore architectural space, the nature of materials in abstract forms, and the spectator’s response to these. According to Portuguese curator Marta Mestre, what interests the artist is “the relationship between space and the act of building. Mobilized by the artist, the building is a process of reordering the world, supporting its chaos, thus differentiating the activity in the face of nature.” Mestre emphasizes that behind Carvalhosa’s artworks “lies the thought of sculpture as construction, adding gesture and removing the void.” These observations are evident in Carvalhosa’s recent works, such as Sum of Days (2011), a monumental site-specific installation for the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Sala de Espera (Waiting, 2013), installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo, in which 24 wooden street posts were suspended throughout the space in dialogue with Niemeyer’s architecture. Carvalhosa exhibited at the Havana Biennial, Cuba, in 1986 and 2012; the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2001 and 2009; and the 18th São Paulo Biennial in 1985. His recent solo shows have taken place at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo (2013), Projeto Contentores, Guimarães, Portugal (2012), and MoMA, New York (2011).

Maggi Marco Maggi (b. 1957, Montevideo, Uruguay) lives and works in New York and Montevideo. The use of paper and the craftsmanship with which he handles it are two constants in his work, even his large installations. His creations, such as Global Myopia (Uruguayan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale), encourage viewers to slow down and pay attention in order to get inside of the works, unfold their possible meanings, and rethink the surroundings and the society in which they live. Regarding Global Myopia , Maggi says, “Far from a very twentieth-century attitude, in which it was expected that everything had a solution, nowadays I believe that hopes are small and revealed through proximity.” He calls this “the myopic attitude, which is when you look at something and you place it closely in order to look slowly and attentively.” Maggi exhibited his works at the Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador, in 2011; the 17th Guatemala Biennial in 2010; the 29th Pontevedra Art Biennial, Spain, in 2006; the 8th Havana Biennial, Cuba, in 2003; and the 25th São Paulo Biennial in 2002. His recent solo shows took place at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California (2013); the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (2013); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2012); and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York (2011).

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