Alison Jacques Gallery is pleased to announce that Fernanda Gomes will have a solo exhibition at Secession, Vienna.
Since the 1980s, the Brazilian artist Gomes has used ordinary and affordable materials to make objects and bricolages (always untitled) whose formal idiom recalls Arte Povera, minimalism, and Brazilian constructivism. Leftovers and lost, disregarded, or discarded items as well as commonplace objects such as glass, mirrors, magnets, strings, hairs, cigarette butts, newspapers, and old furniture are arranged on the scene of the exhibition, assembled in fragile and precarious constructions or consolidated and corded for more compact creations.
Immersion in spaces and places is a key aspect of Gomes’s approach to art-making. She explores the characteristic qualities of a setting – the lighting, proportions, the materials, etc. – both through careful observation and by allowing them to affect her on a visceral level. Empty spaces, the artist believes, are not vacant; on the contrary, they teem with information. Both the placement and the constructive execution of her works responds to the exhibition space.