Garcia Dutra is interested in the origin of ideas and how form travels in time and space. He also looks into objects overseeing the complex relationship in how we shape aesthetics and how they shape us in return. He sees this changes of paradigm as a cultural projection that mutates values in the course of time. The new aesthetic layer no longer represents the original intentions of its creation.
For his first site-specific show in Amsterdam, Rodrigo Garcia Dutra explores the tension between representation and abstraction in his paintings. He creates an ambiguity between the painterly figurative and the photographic device. The geometric patterns of Moroccan stone pavements are captured, as a stand up snapshot and after being painted resembles aerial views of an abstract landscape. The lexicon of abstraction is embedded then through the painting of real places. The subject is the Jamaa el Fna Square, a market place in Marrakesh’s medina. It remains the main square of Marrakesh and is used by locals and tourists. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the day it is predominantly occupied by orange juice stalls, youths with chained Barbary apes, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups as well as snake charmers who will pose for photographs for tourists.
The show will also feature his charcoal tracings from the motifs found in a West African Kente cloth. Those works titled TABOM CONCRETO (When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade) were shown in July 2013 in the show ‘Open Cube’, at White Cube Mason’s Yard. He references the Brazilian Constructivism and Neo-Concretism through the European avant-garde myth itself being inspired by the aesthetic of other cultures. Also cites a book on Japanese aesthetics embracing darkness and shadows.
Complementing is a video piece titled ‘Abstract Eruption’ made through overlay of an animation that suggests a breathing of circles and squares over a compilation of found footage of volcano eruptions from youtube.
Rodrigo Garcia Dutra lives and works in London. He holds an MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London (2009) and is currently in his final year for a MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2010, he was awarded the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, Programa Brasil Arte Contemporânea. Recent exhibitions include ‘Notes to Self’, Royal College of Art, London (2013); ‘Outras Coisas Visiveis Sobre Papel’, Galerie Leme, São Paulo (2012); ‘Theory of the City or the Possibilities of an A4’, ISCP, New York City, USA (2011) and ‘17 Ingredients: Measures of Autonomy’, BASH Studios, London (2009).
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