The Brasília gallery Gabinete de Arte k2o participates for the first time at VOLTA 13 Basel and proposes a poetic dialogue among four artists from different generations and origins whose works connect really well, highlighting geometry, visual poetry, literature, minimal & conceptual art.
Methodic and obsessive repetition of a technique brings together two of the artists: Roland Gebhardt & Galeno. The 80 years old dutch-american artist is an authentic minimalist whose works (more than 50 years with no pressure from the art market), deals with the VOID. It changes the nature of volumes and developing a strong concept in minimalist art just by interfering and cutting rough and organic material such as paper, stone, wood or aluminum, as well as fruits, books and vegetables.
While mathematic is always present in his research, colour is almost inexistent; on a total diferent direction, Galeno, creates a total new artistic language from constructivism and geometry matrix, where colour is essential. The work is all structured in elements from his own personal roots in the interior of Brazil. His universe is full of amazing colours, express magic feelings and inventive graphic schemas with a very coherent evolution. Meanings comes from forms and history is present all over.
Literature, architecture, philosophy and poetry connects the other two: Almandrade is a Brazilian from Bahia, artist, architect and poet, who since the 70’s, creates visual poetry and neo concrete works with strong political content including drawings, paintings, installations, sculptures and objects. His sophisticated and just essential compositions reveals much of the strong neoconcret heritage in which he was raised as pupil of Lygia Pape and Helio Oiticica with who he even developed some works. The strength and vitality of his works until nowadays is incredible. As for the Belgian Gauthier d’Ydewalle literature is the source of his geometric and complexes compositions, creating photographs departing from sculptures/ objects made with books, full of dense and pure philosophic ideas.
We invite the visitor to know these unique universes, exploring fresh, quite provocative works of contemporary art. Artists who are intriguing story tellers with different perspectives and some historical approaches.
About the gallery itself
The first art gallery from the capital of Brazil to have international reach. It represents brazilian and foreign artists and acts in Brazil as well as overseas, collaborating directly in the insertion of contemporary artists at the creative industry and on the institutional scene.
It supports innovative projects always in search of challenging artworks. It develops also a program of lectures and workshops and public artistic interventions in partnership with other institutions. It also intends to stimulate the curatorial production, developing projects with visiting curators and implementing artistic residencies.