In 'Blue and Unicorn', his solo exhibition at Baró Gallery Jardins, Túlio presents a combination of recent and new work created for the exhibition. As an alchemistic magician, he transforms materials into new forms, and situates five works in the gallery’s main space, thereby offering opportunities for the viewer to interact with them. Thisphenomenological experience with the objects becomescrucial to their meanings.The materials are the unifying thread of each of the five sculptural works: organically shaped glass bubbles, oxidized steel, a blue rope and the lines of their edges. All of them commercially made.
Strikingly different from these works is the video 'Unicorn' shown in the gallery’s’ viewing room which was made during Túlio’s 7-week artist residency in the large desert metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona/USA, during the months of November and December, 2015. He had the idea for the video before coming to Phoenix, and brought orange balloons and clothing with him. He purchased the unicorn mask locally before the shoot, and Phoenix-based artists collaborated with him in filming. The rugged desert environment of the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix, with the unicorn tethering orange balloons provides a surreal, almost absurd, visual juxtaposition. But, in fact, it provokes the same feelings that Túlio’s physical works do – tension and harmony, child-like surprise, uneasiness and the elements and vulnerability of materials that normally don’t belong together in the natural world. The carnavalesque aspects of a unicorn walking with orange balloons in the desert and the economic use of industrial materials, including a blue rope, define a setting for viewing the work of Túlio Pinto - the space between. The space between provides a non-threatening haven for viewing the work, and for having personal experiences with it.
Ted G. Decker
"Azul e Unicórnio" from Túlio Pinto
Opening: february 18th, 2016 – Baró Gallery
Exhibition: february 19th to march 26th, 2016
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