Drawing Room Lisboa 2022
3+1 Arte Contemporânea: António Neves Nobre, Carlos Noronha Feio & Gabriela Machado
Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Stand 8
26.10.22 – 30.10.22
For Drawing Room 2022, 3+1 Arte Contemporânea proposed three artists; Gabriela Machado (BR 1960), António Neves Nobre (PT 1992) and Carlos Noronha Feio (PT 1980). The selection of artists and their works aim to highlight their unique approaches in their practices while we seek to present pieces that question the notion mark making and drawing. While traditional and formal definitions of drawing immediately conjure imagery associated with pencil on paper, the selected artists have employed uncustomary materials with the objective of line making. In the case of Antonio Neves Nobre he has used a part of the body to mark the coloured surface of the paper with graphite. The gestures reveal themselves as they break the surface of their backgrounds as dark clouds, as starlings at dusk. These works continue to explore the artists’ interest in challenging conventional techniques of applying mediums to surfaces. In the works by Carlos Noronha Feio, he too has composed a “drawings” series using unorthordox materials such as neon lights, like a static motion drawn by a sparkler, is forever present. Although both complementary and contradictory to one another, the other series of works by Carlos we aim to present of pencil on papyrus which prompts us to question the motives of lines within a composition when viewed. The apparent abstracted randomness of the lines and coils in coloured pencil on papyrus beg us to consider their origins and relationship to one another. In the context of the history of art, here, the artist has rendered us lost in relationship to where these forms have come from, as though we are looking at hieroglyphs from an unknown civilization, leaving us to decipher their meaning, if any. In a similar vein, the works by Gabriela Machado, the arbitrary manner in which she creates grande gestures in acrylic on paper upon closer inspection reveal that the strokes are both calculated and illustrative, the paintbrush has become the pencil. The quotidian subjects on these surfaces both shift in various states of flux, as we can imagine that the lines are at the same time static and animate, due to the dynamic and informed use of colours. These works while from artists with three distinct languages, showcase alternative perspectives to the definition of drawing and in doing so initiate a continuing dialogue of ideologies.