For the Art Nova 2017 Silvia Cintra + Box 4 gallery selected three artists from its team whose works are widely influenced by architecture and modernism. From different generations and working with an array of media, Ana Maria Tavares, Rodrigo Matheus and Alexandre Canonico have the use of industrial material as their common ground – all of them searching for a new meaning to these materials. Brand new pieces will be created by them specially for the fair.
Ana Maria Tavares (1958) lives and works in Sao Paulo. Oh her research are noticeable the works dealing with surface and spatiality, ornament and functionality and the constant conflict between industrial and handcraft. Her works interfere and dialogue directly with the architecture and the memory of spaces, besides constantly questioning objects functionality. Tavares is a professor of the renowned Fine arts department of the University of São Paulo (USP), has taken part in countless exhibitions and biennials in Brazil and Abroad. In 2016, her retrospective at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo was awarded the best show by the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte (São Paulo’s Art Critics Association).
Rodrigo Matheus (1974), lives and works in Paris. He is an artist whose main feature is the use of materials which are common in the corporate world, allowing them a new reading. His works dialogue about the nature of representation in arts and its relation to the industrial design. Matheus recently took part at the shows “ON/OFF” at Centre Georges Pompidou, “Le Parfait Flanêur” at Palais de Tokyo and in the 10th Mercosul Biennial.
Alexandre Canônico (1974) lives and works in London. Graduated in Architecture, Canônico migrated to the fine arts bringing many references about the use of space and surfaces common to the architecture world. Common objects such as sanding paper, rubber, metal beam, hoses, tarpaulin and ropes are now included in a whole new universe, proposing new relation to the space.