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"FORMA: BRAZIL - Iran do Espírito Santo and Rivane Neuenschwander"
2001-05-29 until 2001-07-29
Americas Society
New York, NY, USA

The Americas Society is pleased to announce the second exhibition of FORMA: BRAZIL, a five-month exploration of contemporary Brazil. Iran do Espírito Santo and Rivane Neuenschwander will present installations in The Americas Society gallery. Both artists create spare and ephemeral works that recall not only American Minimalism, but also the innovative and experimental art of the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements in Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s.

The work of Iran do Espírito Santo (b. 1963, Mococa, São Paulo) may be characterized by a subtle shifting of the relationship between material and object. By reproducing wood grain in paint on a gallery wall, or fusing different types of glass to create the illusion of depths and recessions where there are none, his work creates a discomfiting uncertainty about the status and value of objects. Espírito Santo has been included in InSite in San Diego and Tijuana in 1997, the Venice Biennale in 1999, and No es sólo lo que ves: Pervirtiendo el Minimalismo at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2000. His most recent solo project in the United States took place at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia last year. At The Americas Society, Espírito Santo will combine a site-specific wall drawing with sculptural floor elements. Gary Garrels has written that in the artist’s work, experience is inextricably linked to self-conscious processes of perception, the connection of the eye and the mind seamlessly sealed but made evident.

Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, Belo Horizonte) examines the passing of time, whether through the traces of dust on Scotch tape that make minimal abstract patterns, or garlic skins emptied over time. The centerpiece of Neuenschwander’s exhibition at The Americas Society will be a labyrinth constructed of cardboard boxes through which the visitor may walk and trace the linguistic play of a crossword puzzle. She will also present a new film work entitled World/Word. Neuenschwander’s work has been seen at the São Paulo Bienal in 1998, Looking for a Place at Site Santa Fe in 1999, and No es sólo lo que ves: Pervirtiendo el Minimalismo at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2000. In an interview with Jens Hoffman, published in the brochure accompanying this exhibition, Neuenschwander states that her work presents associations between language, nature, and a state of temporality.

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