Underdogs Gallery is pleased to announce “Take a Number”, a solo exhibition by Portuguese visual artist Teresa Esgaio in Lisbon, Portugal.
Take a number is an exhibition about waiting and about time, about the respect that the natural pace of things demands and about the inevitable realisation, and subsequent acceptance, that there are things over which we do not,
and never will, have control. Yet it is also an exhibition about that fundamental human characteristic that dictates that, despite this inevitability, we will continue to believe, to hope, that perhaps it might not always be so.
Between linear dispositions and random arrangements, this poetic reflection is presented here in the form of a body of work divided into three sets of meticulous and richly textural drawings created with recourse to dry pastel and graphite. Seemingly unconnected, these three sets follow an intuitive logic through which the artist shares with us her considerations on a universe of possibilities and impossibilities.
If the first two speak patently of order and acceptance, of time and of chance in waiting, the third set is arranged as a type of atlas of images that maintains the reflection on these topics while also suggesting a broader dialogue between time and the weather, elements which, once again, highlight the proper moment and the natural order in which phenomena unfold – factors which transcend us and end up dictating our place in the grand scheme of things.