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Tonico Lemos Auad: Biblioteca

September 15 – October 23, 2016

Opening: Thursday September 15, 6-8pm.

The CRG Gallery is pleased to present Biblioteca, an exhibition of new textile constructions and sculptures by Brazilian born artist Tonico Lemos Auad (b. 1968). In Biblioteca, Auad engages themes chronicled throughout his practice: maritime, fluvial and urban ar- chitectural landscapes.

In Sandcastle, beige colored yarn and a myriad of crochet stitches create patterned rectangles that poetically suggest the fragility of a sandcastle. In Gale, beige, white, black and rust colored yarns are woven in an abstract design that implies two trees posed in a land- scape of lines. The warp and weft of the weaving process achieves a nervous line that approximates the trembling of trees under a forceful wind, suggested by the title. In Unruly Architecture, eight crochet vessels gingerly perch atop eight slim, hand-carved, wood- en plinths. The occasional glint of a polished bronze rod peeks through. This grouping, a visual metaphor of the whimsy of incongruous constructions, characterizes many of today’s cityscapes.

Auad first studied architecture in Brazil then went on to study art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Recent solo exhibitions include; De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex, UK (2016). ‘Tonic Lemos Auad’, Pivô, curated by Kiki Mazzuchelli, São Paulo, Brazil (2015), ‘Paisagem Noturna’, ‘Sleep Walkers,’ Cen- tro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil (2011); ‘Epílogo,’ Zapopan Museum, Mexico (2010); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA (2007).

Group exhibitions include; ‘Soft Power, Arte Brasil’, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2016); ’All Heritage is Poetry’, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal (2016); ’What Sep- arates Us’, HS Projects, The Embassy of Brazil in the UK, London, England (2016); ‘Drawing Biennial’, Drawing Room, London, En- gland (2015), ‘A Sense of Things’, Zabludowicz Collection, London, England (2014); ‘3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the ‘Restless Night’, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK (2013); ‘Site: Place of Memories, Spac- es with Potential,’ Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2013); ‘Labour and Wait,’ Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, USA (2013); ‘Além da Vanguarda,’ Bienal Naifs do Brasil, SESC Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil (2012); ‘Mythologies, Cité Internationale des Arts,’ Paris (2011); ‘Undone: Making and Un- making in Contemporary Sculpture,’ Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2010); ‘Epílogo,’ Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (2010; ‘Going International,’ (2010); ‘Textiles Art and the Social Fabric’, MUHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2009).

 

 

 

Selected Work

Gale, 2016
linen, cotton and wool in purple heart frame
25 3/16 x 25 9/16 in. (64 x 64.9 cm)
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Sandcastle, 2016
linen and cotton in purple heart frame
25 3/16 x 25 9/16 in. (64 x 64.9 cm)
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Unruly Architecture / Red, 2016
linen, cotton, wool, wood and bronze
dimensions variable
TA9500

Torre, 2016
linen, cotton, and wool in purple heart frame
25 9/16 x 25 3/16 x 1 1/8 in. (65 x 64 x 3 cm)
TA9501

Untitled/ Flags, 2016
linen, cotton, wool, and silk in purple heart frame
25 3/16 x 25 9/16 x 1 1/8 in. (64 x 65 x 3 cm)
TA9502

Bilo, 2016
linen, cotton, wool and metal mesh in purple heart frame
25 3/16 x 25 9/16 x 1 1/8 in. (64 x 65 x 3 cm)
TA9503

Neighbors, 2016
linen and cotton in purple heart frame
25 3/16 x 25 9/16 x 1 1/8 in. (64 x 65 x 3 cm)
TA9504

Untitled, 2016
linen and wood
20 x 49 x 4 3/4 in. (50.8 x 124.5 x 12.1 cm)
TA9505

Indio, 2016
linen, cotton, wool and paper in purple heart frame
12 3/4 x 9 7/16 x 1 1/8 in. (32.5 x 24 x 3 cm)
TA9506

Library I, 2016
linen in three parts
45 1/2 x 37 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (115.6 x 94.6 x 52.1 cm)
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Library II, 2016
linen in four parts
45 1/2 x 37 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (115.6 x 94.6 x 52.1 cm)
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Library III, 2016
linen in five parts
45 1/2 x 37 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (115.6 x 94.6 x 52.1 cm)
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Ortholith, 2016
linen and cotton in purple heart frame
25 3/16 x 25 9/16 in. (64 x 65 cm)
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Installation Shots

Participating Artists:

Tonico Lemos Auad