Eleven years after his last exhibition in Portugal, the GALERIA BAGINSKI presents a solo show by ARTHUR LUIZ PIZA, as much a substantial name in the Brazilian artistic context as Lygia Clark or Sérgio Camargo. Having begun his practice in printmaking, developing processes and vocabularies of his own, Piza explores a path where the need to use the third dimension soon becomes evident.
Entitled “contenção, dispersão” [containment, dispersion] the show presents a view over Piza’s work, perceiving that double and contradictory condition as result of the encounter of two artistic contexts, the Brazilian and European. From 1957 onwards, his work manifests the conflict between Informalism’s free expression impulses and the structured organization of a Constructivist method, originating a new relation with the printmaking support. In the exploration of this condition, the aesthetical dimension of Piza’s work has gained distinct shapes that, while keeping a conceptual and methodological relationship with printmaking processes, question their relation with space, supports, materials and approach to the work.
In “contenção, dispersão” is presented a group of works where the matrix’s spontaneity results from an act of construction that, while having a planned and reflected origin, still reveals a casual nature. This randomness takes in Piza’s work a special interest that impregnates it in the very process of conceiving the works, therefore creating an almost playful state of submission. The works imply, thus, an instability that is submitted both to their will at the moment of installing, as well to the viewer’s in its discovery, placing the artist in a reserved plane similar to an invisible omnipresence.
Curated by: Miguel Mesquita
text: Galeria Baginski