CRG Gallery is pleased to present Biblioteca, an exhibition of new textile constructions and sculptures by Brazilian born artist Tonico Lemos Auad (b. 1968). In Biblioteca, Auad engages themes chronicled throughout his practice: maritime, fluvial and urban architectural landscapes.
In Sandcastle, beige colored yarn and a myriad of crochet stitches create patterned rectangles that poetically suggest the fragility of a sandcastle. In Gale, beige, white, black and rust colored yarns are woven in an abstract design that implies two trees posed in a landscape of lines. The warp and weft of the weaving process achieves a nervous line that approximates the trembling of trees under a forceful wind, suggested by the title. In Unruly Architecture, eight crochet vessels gingerly perch atop eight slim, hand-carved, wooden plinths. The occasional glint of a polished bronze rod peeks through. This grouping, a visual metaphor of the whimsy of incongruous constructions, characterizes many of today’s cityscapes.
Auad first studied architecture in Brazil then went on to study art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Recent solo exhibitions include; De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex, UK (2016). ‘Tonico Lemos Auad’, Pivô, curated by Kiki Mazzuchelli, São Paulo, Brazil (2015), ‘Paisagem Noturna’, ‘Sleep Walkers,’ Centro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil (2011); ‘Epílogo,’ Zapopan Museum, Mexico (2010); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA (2007).
Group exhibitions include; ‘Soft Power, Arte Brasil’, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2016); ’All Heritage is Poetry’, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal (2016); ’What Separates Us’, HS Projects, The Embassy of Brazil in the UK, London, England (2016); ‘Drawing Biennial’, Drawing Room, London, England (2015), ‘A Sense of Things’, Zabludowicz Collection, London, England (2014); ‘3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the ‘Restless Night’, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK (2013); ‘Site: Place of Memories, Spaces with Potential,’ Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2013); ‘Labour and Wait,’ Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, USA (2013); ‘Além da Vanguarda,’ Bienal Naifs do Brasil, SESC Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil (2012); ‘Mythologies, Cité Internationale des Arts,’ Paris (2011); ‘Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture,’ Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2010); ‘Epílogo,’ Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (2010; ‘Going International,’ (2010); ‘Textiles Art and the Social Fabric’, MUHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2009).
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