more drawings of houses with light. and darkness
3+1 Arte Contemporânea is pleased to announce “more drawings of houses with light. and darkness”, title of the latest exhibition by Carlos Nogueira (Mozambique, 1947).
In this exhibition, featuring drawings and sculptural installations, the artist continues his incessant investigation on the relations between sculpture and architecture, time and light, space and body, word and image. The theme of the house is present throughout all of Carlos Nogueira’s work, manifesting itself lyrically through the titles or the materials meticulously chosen by the artist – iron, wood, concrete, glass, whitewash and charcoal.
“The work of Carlos Nogueira is a search for the name of things and their place. As he names, that whose name has been sought reveals its being. This is how we come to know nature. We name things: house, twig, book, line. And then we define the house as the place to be furnished with varied notions and objects. We define the tree as the sacred and primordial locus of the line, and the book as the house of the project, of the word. Memories, mirrors, forks to eat with, glasses, bodies. Lines make up all the words we keep in there. Houses, like boxes. And ruins, when time erases the parts of the house that have lost all purpose, upon the departure of its former inhabitants. Sometimes they become inhabited by other beings: trees that grow inside them, trees that use those sheltering walls to rise towards the stars, breathing upwards and hoping for transcendence. Taking memory up into the skies.”*
The evident consideration for space and the way in which it is filled refers to an apparent minimalist tradition, concerned with geometry and materiality. However, Carlos Nogueira does not fail do add a human dimension to the shapes and materials – the weight of memory, of language and of ‘dwelling’.
Carlos Nogueira, 1947, Mozambique. Sculpture studies at Escola Superior de Belas-Artes, Porto and painting studies at Escola Superior de Belas-artes, Lisbon. Fellow of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (1982-1983), of the Secretary of State for Culture (1989-1990) and the Luso-American Development Foundation (1989). Camões Prize at 2nd International Art Biennale of Vila Nova de Cerveira (1980) and Honourable Mention at the International Bienniale of Sculpture and Drawing of Caldas da Rainha (1995). He took part in the Portuguese representations at the Venice Bienniale (1986), the Milan Architecture Triennale (1996) and the Sculpture Quadrennial of Riga (2004). Visiting Associate Professor for the course of Architecture at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (since 1998) and teacher at the Colégio Moderno (since 1974). Guest Speaker at the Museu de Arte Contemporânia de São Paulo, Universidade de Mendrizio, Faculties of Letters, Architecture and Fine Arts of the Universidade de Lisboa, Ar.Co, among others. Responsible for the creation and design of the catalogues of his solo exhibitions and author of the graphic design of catalogues and monographs for several institutions such as Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema, the Museu Nacional de Etnologia, the Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, the Museu da Cidade of the Lisbon City Hall and the publishing house Livros Horizonte. Co-author of architectural works with Ueli Krauss, Miguel Nery, José Manuel Fernandes, Maria de Lurdes Janeiro, Manuel Lacerda, Manuel Aires Mateus, José Adrião, among others, and creator of the sceneries and costumes for the play Finis Terra (1994), by the Companhia Olga Roriz. His works are among the collections of Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Archivo Lafuente, Spain; Brighton University, UK and in Portugal; Ar.Co, Lisbon City Hall, Vila Nova da Barquinha City Hall, Casa da Cerca – Centro de Arte Contemporânea, CAM – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Centro Cultural de Belém, Centro Cultural Emmerico Nunes, Fundação Carmona e Costa, Fundação Mário Soares, Fundação de Serralves, Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Museu Coleção Berardo, Secretary of State for Culture, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, and private collections in Portugal and abroad.
* Excerpt of the text “Glimpses of the Labyrinth” by Emília Ferreira.
11.05.18 – 23.06.18
Opening 11.05.18 19h – 22h