For ARCOmadrid 2018, Galeria Marilia Razuk proposes a project of four represented artists: Vanderlei Lopes, Johanna Calle and Marlon de Azambuja, working on different material of their artistic production. The idea of the relationship between object and subject is based on the capacity and possibility that is opened when an artist works with existing elements and objects to transform them in metaphors, gestures, concepts, etc.
The plastic research of Vanderlei Lopes is based on sculpture and drawing, always seeking to work at the limits of materials, supports, means and concepts. After experimenting with performance, photography and video, drawing and sculpture found their way back into his work and reveal an extended meaning and that, now, have incorporated ideas and questions relating to new means of artistic expression. The work of Vanderlei Lopes is focused on a continuous search for analyzes of the transformations of matter that exist in everyday events that affect our environment. Thus, using elements such as gold, lead and bronze, very traditional in the history of art, the artist recreates situations where water changes state, which refers to the infinite possibilities of movement, therefore contradicting the rigidity of noble materials used, in order to capture special moments involved.
Johanna Calle has investigated several ways to approach the act of drawing, using unusual materials for this practice, such as wire, thread, steel, casein, and metal mesh, and techniques such as sawing, sanding, perforation and typing. Most of her works are based on research and writing: sometimes at the point of hiding more than revealing what is intended to speak about. She writes through drawing, elegant, simple and dense visual poems about nature, language, and human life. The words, the images, their intellectual and historical meanings are hidden in each drawing and gifted to the viewer to discern through visual intelligence.
Marlon de Azambuja as a multimedia artist, he uses various languages, such as photography, collage, drawing, video, sculpture and installation for small "transgressions" in the public space and exhibition space itself, inviting the viewer to reflect on the possibilities of establishing new relations with the surroundings. The politics of architecture and urban planning drive Marlon de Azambuja‘s photographs, sculptures, and interventions. Interested in the impact of public space on contemporary social dynamics, he uses influential buildings and environments as both subject and substrate. In some aspects, Marlon carries a connection with the Brazilian concrete movement.