We are pleased to present Brazilian contemporary artist Cesar Brandão, “Canteiro de Obras” (Construction site), his first solo exhibition at the gallery. In it the artist explores the boundaries of artistic languages - moving between drawings, paintings, objects, installations, photographs and his appropriations of “gambiarra" [fixing improvisation] as style of ready-mades. The artist defines his work as an “ experimental exercise” between culture and daily life experiences.
César Brandão took part in the 19th Bienal SP, has works at the MAM-SP archive and is currently showing “Canteiro de Obras” (Construction Site) at Baró, until the 2nd of December.
The son of a factory worker, Brandão was born in Minas Gerais, and lived his childhood and adolescence in an industrial poor neighborhood near industries with furnaces for carbide and ferrosilicon. The elements of this industrial context have always been present in his work: fire, smoke, resulting products from these foundries and other materials from that context such as lime, coal, stone, quartz, scrap, etc. All this in addition to the explicit contrast between the technology of those ovens, and the “gambiarras’ present in the houses and backyards of that neighborhood. This context has generated his fascination with foundries in contrast with the gambiarras, that permeate his production. The artist work is therefore, about the poetics present in these practices of popular culture, in contrast with the industrial processes.
"Thus, the work of César Brandão ironically may perhaps be defined as a kind of “construction site”', where a contamination or juxtaposition of actions occur, in a repertoire full of appropriations, “gambiarras", drafts, erasures, molten prosthetics... in-between chaos and fragility. "A vast territory of possibilities at the threshold of the ephemeral and provisional, and where “doubt is the engine of the process”, as the artist himself defines.”(Excerpt from Agnaldo Farias’s curatorial text for the exhibition).