Baró presents Cosmography, a solo exhibition by Felippe Morais curated by Julia Lima. On view are never seen before pieces created by the artist over the last two years as well as works developed during his artistic residency in Iran. With photographs, drawings and videos, Cosmography constitutes itself as an effort of the artist to freely map different aspects and parts of the cosmos, transitioning between the scientific and the spiritual.
The container annex to the gallery will showcase the video piece The Drag that Said Phi, starring notorious drag queen Alaska Thunderfuck - star of the acclaimed reality show Ru Paul’s Drag Race - in full drag in an entirely white background, with the exception of long red claws tied to her fingers. `Throughout the piece she slowly recites the numbers of the golden ratio: an irrational mathematical constant present in countless elements of nature. The golden ratio is a Fibonacci sequence often used in mathematical equations and musical pieces. There is a strong contrast between the drag’s stunning figure and the reading of an abstract concept such as a number that guides the proportions of the universe.
In the gallery’s main room, the exhibition opens itself to the public with the photographic series Pendular Movement, composed of luminous writings made in a dark room which describe the orbital course of a pendulum that diminishes its oscillation radius while also altering its axis. The result is an overlap of spherical white lines that always gather at the center of the piece, showcasing the point of total loss of momentum.
Moraes also presents Keyhan, a series of large scale photographs showing embossed geometric patterns documented in Iran during his artistic residency. The pictures portray the large and elaborate plaster patterns that decorate the interiors of Persian temples, stylized representations of the firmament and the mathematics that recall us of the cosmos.
During his residency, Moraes also created Harmonices Mundi – a collaborative video piece with Iranian band Bomrani. The work is the result of three years of research on the “Music of Spheres”concept- an ancient concept created by the Greeks which presumed a mathematical order that ruled the cosmos – which was also first scientifically created by Johannes Kepler in 1619. Kepler describes the orbit of all six known planets at the time through the use of musical scores written from the observation of their elliptical orbits – thus creating a basic principle for composing: the faster the speed of each planet, the faster the rhythm. Each band member portrays a different planet, performing individually at first and then as a group, creating an cacophonous (dis)harmony.