The Bergamin & Gomide gallery presents from July 4th to August 4th, the ex-hibition (i)móveis by Porfírio Valladares. The exhibition is comprised of 17 projects by the architect from Minas Gerais, made of wood by cabinetmaker Zé Dias.
The handcrafted pieces are miniatures of architectural styles that incorporate a double meaning: they are both furniture-model and sculpture-model. By means of these objects, Porfírio creates an analogy between the drawers and the urban housing and life in large cities.
Textures and shades of the wood’s grooves, cuts and joints, the open ele-ments and perfect finishing reveal the poetics of utilitarian works, which bring to mind anonymous buildings whose architectural style is considered to be “commonplace”.
“I have always been fond of drawers and I find comfort in knowing that the ob-jects that I care for are hidden away in the drawers, protected from prying eyes.”
The concept of the exhibition reflects Porfírio’s unease with housing in large cities. “The title, (i)móveis, seems provocative to me as it deals with the idea of furniture (móveis) - since they are all chests of drawers in the end - and also with the real estate (imóveis) launched by builders who usually place mock-ups of the buildings under construction in their sale stands in order to seduce potential buyers.” The architect explains that there is a certain discomfort in his perception, “this thing of seeing apartments as drawers, with people kept and stacked up in the apartments/drawers of strange buildings, in arrangements that become increasingly more bizarre every day, which comprise the cities in which we live.”
All the furniture-buildings [(i)móveis] on display are chests of drawers, boxes within boxes, that may ‘keep’ things in an organized manner, or not. This con-cept leads to a question: Are apartments simply cubbyholes meant to keep people in an organized and compact manner? The architect goes beyond and expands the verb ‘to keep’ into various analogous actions: remove from prying eyes, hide, conceal, protect, preserve, lay out in an organized manner, take care, keep an eye on it so it won’t run away, hold back, reserve, contain, shel-ter, safeguard, defend, watch over and care for it.
“Drawers are made for all this. Apartments, too. But drawers seem to me more appropriate for safeguarding dreams, secrets and treasures, as well as keep-ing bills to pay, buttons, shopping lists, letters from a old flame…”, he says.
In addition, the exhibition showcases high quality woods and pays tribute to the work of cabinetmakers, who are becoming increasingly rare. The partner-ship of more than 35 years between Porfírio and Zé Dias has resulted in the works shown in (i)móveis, created with sheets of solid freijó wood applied on multi layer plywood panels, and sheets of imbuia wood simulating glass, all joined, glued and varnished. As well as being utilitarian, these objects “serve to safeguard dreams and fantasies”, according to their creator.
Bergamin & Gomide presents (i)móveis, by Porfírio Valladares
From July 4th to August 4th | Mon. to Fri., 10am/7pm; Sat., 10am/3pm
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About Bergamin & Gomide:
Created by Jones Bergamin in 2000 in São Paulo, the Bergamin gallery was first located in a house from the 1950s designed by architect Vilanova Artigas in the Jardins district. The gallery exhibited important projects such as a retrospective of Iberê Camargo, exhibitions by Mira Schendel, Lygia Pape, Tunga and Miguel Rio Branco and special projects such as “At-ravés”, where curator Lisette Lagnado displayed for the first time Lygia Pape’s iconic work “Tteia” (currently in permanent exhibition at Inhotim).
In 2012, Antonia Bergamin, daughter of Jones Bergamin, took over the helm of the gallery together with Thiago Gomide. Focused on private sales of Post-War Brazilian and foreign artists, Bergamin & Gomide opened its new space on Oscar Freire street in August 2013.
Without a set stable of artists, the gallery has the flexibility to work with an extensive number of artists and exhibitions of different themes, periods and movements. The gallery puts on four exhibitions per year, both solo or group shows.
Additionally, Bergamin & Gomide participates in Brazilian and international fairs such as Art Basel, TEFAF NY Spring, Art Basel Miami Beach, Semana de Arte and SP-Arte and devel-ops partnerships with important foreign galleries.
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