Robyn Brentano & Andrew Horn, Carlos Bunga, Spencer Finch, General Idea, Kapwani Kiwanga, Eric N. Mack, Joseph del Pesco and Johnny Pootoogook
18 May 2022
Curated by Rui Mateus Amaral
3 + 1 Contemporary Art invites you to the opening of 18 May 2022, an exhibition of artworks by Robyn Brentano & Andrew Horn, Carlos Bunga, Spencer Finch, General Idea, Kapwani Kiwanga, Eric N. Mack, Joseph del Pesco and Johnny Pootoogook, arranged by Rui Mateus Amaral. For many of the artists, as well as for the curator, 18 May 2022 marks the first presentation of their work in Portugal. Also, the exhibition opens during the week of ARCOlisboa, the art fair’s first physical iteration since 2019.
The exhibition is intended to be as open-ended as the sky, a shared space of ominous and transcendent beauty that is ever-shifting, which compels new and varying reflections below. Similarly, several artworks in the exhibition will slowly transform before the viewer, as well as through active engagement. Other artworks are being adapted locally or have been materialised from moments of profound physical, political, social and art historical turns.
Drawing on the visuals of celebration—balloons, flowers, marquees, dresses, music, dancing and gifts—the exhibition looks to the ritual of preparing for an event and to the elation and anticipation that builds in the process, but that inevitably deflates when plans are altered and merriment winds down, returning to a state of longing. Before being titled 18 May 2022, the exhibition was titled 7 May 2021, and before that, 12 May 2020, due to the fluctuating conditions of our time. The spirit of moving through unpredictable terrain, of improvisation, has not only guided the process of putting together this exhibition but also is embedded in the artworks themselves. For now, on the 18th of May of 2022, the forecast shows signs of clearing.
(Carlos Bunga, courtesy Vera Cortês, Lisbon; Spencer Finch, courtesy Lisson Gallery, London; Kapwani Kiwanga, courtesy Galerie Poggi, Paris; Eric N. Mack, courtesy Morán Morán, Los Angeles; Johnny Pootoogook, courtesy Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.)