In the beginning there was just the clutter. The only god was Chaos, who reigned in nothing and alone. He then decides to create Gaia, mother earth and primordial force of the universe. Thus begins the origin of the world in Greek mythology, from where cataclysm rises and transformation reigns. Surreal landscapes, where lava and water coexist and blend together, inhabit our imagination and also the canvases of artist Felipe Góes.
A dreamlike sunset unites the works of the 36-year-old from São Paulo, all composed of intense strokes that run between William Turner and Gerhard Richter, sometimes made of acrylic paint, sometimes gouache. “For almost a year, I have been migrating my work to this imaginary place, in a constant process of renewal, which goes from the forms to the palette, going through the dimensions of the works, which take more and more body,” he explains.
If he used to follow color fields to rhythm the work - a process that we recognize in the works of artists such as Paulo Pasta (whose study group Góes was part of 2008-2012) - now he intertwines these shades, leaving these areas more mixed. and diffuse. “This transformationThis recent coincides with the most intense period of dialogue with the artist RubensEspirit Santo,” he says.
The figurative is another element that grew in the artist's production. Linked to a certain brushstroke expressionism, he changed the incidence of light and shadow on his canvases. Such features make Góes part of a new generation of abstract-figurative painters who have been successful in the art scene, made up of names such as Daniel Lannes, Marina Rheingantz, Bruno Dunley and Rodrigo Bivar. “If some paint from a landscape photograph and others from the memory of such a place, I put myself in a third circle, mixing memories of various destinations. That way I create a partially unrealistic location. ”
The lush nature permeates these records, like a sort of cataloging of nonexistent places - all covered by the magical gloom of the colors of sunrise and sunset. Some of them suggest the human presence, whether in a lighthouse, a bridge or an undefined building. A way to make our passage through this world of cataclysms possible.