he contemporary Portuguese artist Paulo Arraiano presents his first solo exhibition
in Brazil entitled While Satellites Dance, opening on 24 September at TAL Tech Art
Lab Gallery, located in the old Bhering Factory, in Rio de Janeiro’s harbour district.
Paulo Arraiano held numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as site specific
projects, of which stands out “Point of View” at Palace Of Pena (Sintra, Portugal);
“Down to Earth” at The Dot Project Gallery (London, United Kingdom); “1/81” Coa
Museum (V. N. Foz Côa, Portugal); “Fold/Fault” at Forty/Forty Gallery (Warsaw,
Poland); “Circles Of Hope”, Trädgården (Stockhoml, Sweden) and many others.
The artist has also participated in multiple international and public art projects and
his works are part of various public collections, such as Luciano Benetton (Italy);
Zewnetrznej Sztuki Foundation; (Poland); D. Luís Foundation / Museum Quarter,
(Portugal), Pestana Group Collection / Cidadela Art District (Portugal); Museé d’Art
Moderne (Luxembourg) and the CAC Museum (Malaga, Spain).
For his latest exhibition the artist shows works made only in 2016 that consists
mainly of two-dimensional pieces and installation. Paintings in large and small
formats are presented and displayed in the gallery, creating their own rhythm
and a feeling of closeness and remoteness, such as the zoom in and zoom out of
images sent by satellites. This new series is inspired by human relationship within
the contemporary society context, controlled by artificial satellites.
In a critical reflection of his time, such as satellites moving and drifting in
certain orbits, Paulo Arraiano uses his body and movements based on gestural
abstraction, thus creating a direct correlation between the body and the natural
flow. The result of this process culminates in images similar to what we see in
photographic and digital records made by satellites.
In a context of transformation of human perception influenced by the digital
innovations of our society, a dialogue is created between the post-digital era and
the organic essence of our natural being, immersed in an electronic environment.
Those elements symbiotically contribute to drive the body to its ancient basic
elements of human existence although constantly perceived by technology.
The “digital act” contrasts and coexists with our human nature in an eternal
cross communication. The continuous influence of our own accelerated pace,
propagates in a new paradigm of new media and digital realities that alters our
perception of time, space and reality, in contrast to the availability of a sensory
We interact through analogic and electronic signals of subtleties and speed,
guided by information that travels throughout artificial satellites. Orbit bodies,
created by man, thousands of them, are constantly flowing through the sky and
directly acting in our daily lives. Far from our eyes, they constantly influence us.
We receive their information as we also move by various routes and at varying
speeds, virtually connecting sky to earth. The coexistence of our organic and digital
aspects is reflected in Paulo Arraiano’s newest creations. His painting invites us to
contemplate the deepness of the sky, without loosing the certainty of being part of
a continuous accelerated generation of “scrolls and swipes.”
Embodying cultural and physical shifts, currently redefining the city of Rio
de Janeiro, is the former Bhering factory. Located at the port region of the city.
20,000 square meters of what used to be an abandoned German iron and steel
construction, now daily occupied by a flock of creative minds. Impressive in its
industrial innards, the aspects of a once powerful and afterwards ruined factory,
now remains, partly renovated by its tenants, providing a unique type of inspiration.
Located at Bhering since 2011, TAL Tech Art Lab held exhibitions and cultural
events inside and outside it’s own space. TAL is a gallery, cultural platform and
residency program that creates, supports, promotes and conducts contemporary
art events, exhibitions and artistic productions, online and offline. Now, after a
major renovation, reopens its gallery space with Paulo Arraiano’s solo exhibition.
The artist’s works will also be shown at TAL Gallery’s stand at the Vista Pavilion at
the ArtRio 2016 - International Art Fair.