ARCO Lisboa 2022

Tiago Baptista

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Stand view. Photo: Bruno Lopes

Tiago Baptista
Stand I04
ARCO Lisboa 2022
19.05.22 – 22.05.22

During ARCOlisboa 2022 we will present a solo project with recent works by Tiago Baptista (Leiria, PT 1986), mounted on a site-specific structure and in a non-formal scheme, in doing so, reinforcing the themes and modus operandi of the artist’s practice. The installation, consisting of works on paper and canvas blurring the distinction between interior and exterior, surface and structure, figurative representation and abstraction. A skeletal-like framework proposed for the booth harks to historical building construction of the 17th century, acting a platform delegated as a conduit, the focus is shifted and concentrated on the pieces and their content. In these loaded compositions, seemingly improvised associations are visible creating narratives with open beginnings and ends, as well as acting as independent agents. Bellying this apparent randomness are references to the quotidian pursuits, ecological concerns, literature, history, culture and identity. The multifaceted associations reveal a crossover of various ideological references, unveiling visual pathways to follow, opening up states of immersive thought or contemplation. Baptista’s subjects in his work seems to oscillate between revealing and obscuring his processes and raison d’être for why these artifices are presented, instead perhaps, the works act as “pauses” within a stream of the artist’s consciousness, allowing the viewer to have access to the realms which exist in the world(s) of the author. Here, it is left for us to decide on the associations made, interpret and whether at all, this was the artist’s intention or not.

The gaze of the lamb, 2022
Oil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 163 cm

The gaze of the lamb, 2022
Oil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 163 cm

Esguicho, 2020
Oil on paper, 56 x 41 cm

Esguicho, 2020
Oil on paper, 56 x 41 cm

Flama, 2022
Oil and spray paint on canvas, 61 x 46 cm

Flama, 2022
Oil and spray paint on canvas, 61 x 46 cm

Untitled, 2019
Oil on paper, 42 x 29,5 cm

Untitled, 2019
Oil on paper, 42 x 29,5 cm

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