September 5 – October 5, 2008 | 11 Rivington St, NY

Edgard de Souza | Marcius Galan | Mira Schendel | Camila Sposati
Curated by Fernanda Arruda

Eleven Rivington is pleased to present a group exhibition of Brazilian artists titled ACTIVE FORMS, on view from September 5 - October 5, 2008.  Curated by Fernanda Arruda, it brings together abstract works on paper and sculpture by Edgard de Souza, Marcius Galan, Mira Schendel and Camila Sposati.  The show expands on the rich and significant history of Latin American conceptual abstraction and provides a contemporary view as it is practiced by a current generation - and contextualized by a small selection of works by the late Mira Schendel (1919–1988), whose work will be part of a 2-person retrospective at MoMA in spring 2009.  De Souza, Galan, and Sposati all currently live and work in São Paolo, Brazil.

In the sculptural work of Edgard de Souza, simple forms such as circles and spheres take on a sensual presence, evoking the human form and suggesting movement.  Though seemingly formal, they derive bodily associations through the use of such materials as leather and fur, simplifying and extracting from their essential material properties to imply the limitations and possibilities of the human body.  Line and color animate the simple constructions and installations of Marcius Galan, which explore the phenomenological boundaries between actual and perceived forms and poetic relationships in the industrial landscape.  Galan’s objects and installations quietly embrace the dichotomies in the urban environment, focusing the attention of the viewer on the activated space between flat elements, color and space.  Camila Sposati is inspired by science and fractal geometry and creates work on paper, which take on a relief-like quality.  Sposati layers thick sheets of carefully cut paper which have been painted with hard-edged shapes; while these forms sometime appear through holes and windows in each sheet, there is also the hidden and implied activity and structure that lies beneath a seemingly flat and ordered composition. 

The works by the three above artists are exhibited alongside Mira Schendel, who is considered one of the most important figures in late 20th-century Latin American art.  Central to her practice was the visualization of words, text and sound, gesture and notation.  Through her varied and experimental use of drawing, painting and sculpture, Schendel addressed and presented basic shapes and outlines, linear notation, and abstract objects as representations of voices and ideas, which were metaphors for language and human existence.  Schendel’s oeuvre is marked by a modesty and economy of means, which belie its richness as well as its visionary approach to language and simple forms.

Independent curator/advisor Fernanda Arruda has curated and co-organized exhibitions for The Moore Space, Miami; The Wrong Gallery, NY; Gavin Brown @ Passerby, NY; and Apex Art, NY.  She was director of Anton Kern, NY (2002-05) and Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo (1995-01).