Paulo Almeida

24 Jul - 18 Aug 2012

© Paulo Almeida
Reflecting Guggenheim Bilbao, 2012
Oil on canvas
Reflecting The Museums
24 July – 18 August 2012

In his third solo show at Galeria Leme, Paulo Almeida presents Reflecting the Museums, new series of circular paintings simulating big convex mirrors normally used in security systems. In this case the works reflect the indoors of some of the most respectable contemporary art museums in the world, with it’s imposing architecture, questioning his role in the mediation between the artwork and it’s observer.

In his former series, Palimpsestos, the artist had already approached his production context in representative works of the exhibition spaces, once he dislocated himself to these spaces to visualize and create the works. Paulo Almeida develops a widely conceptual and procedural work with a close relationship with the environment that surrounds him -­‐ perceptibly the art. In his production, the artist appropriates conceptually from every means and supports in contemporary art; photographs, videos, performances, installations and others, positioning himself critically in the art system and adding new values to the static character of the painting.

With works permeated by metalanguage, the artist keeps an ongoing investigation and safeguard of history -­‐ recent or not -­‐ of the place he exhibits or that exhibits him, once the space represented by the artist is also the space that shelters his work. Paulo Almeida constantly incorporates new strategies and gives the painting a wide site-­‐specific character, once it’s adept to a specific production context of each work.

In times in witch we erase the old to get to know the new, Paulo Almeida questions, in material aesthetic expression the means for preservation and exhibition of contemporary art by the representations both of exhibitions and the artworks that integrate it.

About the artist:
Paulo Almeida (São Paulo,1977). Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Amongst his exhibitions stand out: Espelho Refletido -­‐ Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica -­‐ RJ (2012), Temporada de Projetos do Paço das Artes (2012) Arte Visual Iberoamericano, Universidad del Arte Ganexa, Panamá (2012), Reflecting de Collection -­‐ 15° Cultura Inglesa Festival (2011), II Muestra de Arte Iberoamericano -­‐ México (2009), Black Market, Das Curadorias: /1987-­‐2008/ -­‐ Itaú Cultural (2008), III Mostra da Temporada de exposições do CCSP, São Paulo (2008), Coletiva: /17.11.2004-­‐13.01.2007/-­‐ Galeria Leme (2007), La Espiral de Moebius o los Limites de la Pintura, Centro Cultural Parque de Espanha / Agencia Espanhola de Coperación Internacional / CCPE / AECI, Rosario, Argentina (2007), XI Bienal Internacional de Cuenca -­‐ Equador (2007), Rumos Visuais -­‐ Itaú Cultural (2006), -­‐ e realizou residências na Argentina (2008) e México (2009).

Tags: Paulo Almeida, Hélio Oiticica