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Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 27,5 × 35,5 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 15 × 10 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2012, oil on canvas, 35 × 27  cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 20 × 25 cm (each) - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, masking tape and paper, 9 × 7 × 2 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, bronze, 10 × 2 × 2,5 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro,<i> untitled</i>, 2011, aluminium and aluminum tape, 13 × 11 × 2 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>Two steps work</em>, 2012, iron, 36 × 68 × 23 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, bronze, 10 × 2,5 × 3 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2012, oil on canvas, 30 × 20 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro,<i> untitled</i>, 2013, oil on wood, 15 × 10 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 28 × 36 cm - Mendes Wood DM
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Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 27,5 × 35,5 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 15 × 10 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2012, oil on canvas, 35 × 27  cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 20 × 25 cm (each) - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, masking tape and paper, 9 × 7 × 2 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, bronze, 10 × 2 × 2,5 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro,<i> untitled</i>, 2011, aluminium and aluminum tape, 13 × 11 × 2 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>Two steps work</em>, 2012, iron, 36 × 68 × 23 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, bronze, 10 × 2,5 × 3 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2012, oil on canvas, 30 × 20 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro,<i> untitled</i>, 2013, oil on wood, 15 × 10 cm - Mendes Wood DM
Paulo Monteiro, <em>untitled</em>, 2013, oil on canvas, 28 × 36 cm - Mendes Wood DM
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Do Avesso

09/28 2013 – 11/19 2013


The recent exhibition of Paulo Monteiro is one of his most inventive. The artist unfolds the questions of his work in different means and absorbs new meanings from the ungovernable paste with which he has been working for years.

Many of the canvases are almost monochromatic, made of a thick layer of paint that loans a homogeneity to the surface. However, Monteiro also thins areas with of brush. He moves a small portion of the thick layer to another space. This subtle dislocation, recollective of the work by Willys de Castro, removes the integrity of color reveals it to be an object on canvas. The paint is no longer color, adjective, but a thing, a noun. But that is no advantage for it.

Besides constantly reversing the sense of colors in his paintings and in the molds for his sculptures, he also creates objects that make us look at strips of metal, paper and sticking tape, cardboard, nails, ropes, and laminated paper inside out.

The artist always takes advantage of the tense relationship between the contours and the paste. By molding his sculptures, he reveals the viscosities and the slippery aspect of the material more than actually conforming it. And this is because the mold, in art history, was the instrument used to make a flexible matter gain a stable and permanent definition in a recognizable form.

When we observe to some of the small wall reliefs, the molding gesture of Monteiro largely deforms symmetric shapes, allowing the paste to leak to the sides of whatever is giving it shape. Therefore, the gesture does not bring the form to the surface, but instead it reveals the matter. He also employs dislocations often so that whatever was down words will be turned upright, and whatever was in front could is set backwords.

In older sculptures, the artist worked with this relationship as a kind of instability, so the shape seemed to be coming apart. We could see the gesture of the sculptor always losing to the material, a sort of gag, in which he tried to create shape in material that continuously come undone. It is clear that, here, the presence of the material is strong. But from subtle dislocations, the new exhibition by Paulo Monteiro makes us observe things from inside out, like crepe paper apparently hold together glued by strips of bond paper.

Paulo Monteiro (1961, São Paulo) lives and works in São Paulo and holds a degree in the Visual Arts from the São Paulo College of Fine Arts. His works were featured in such exhibitions as: Casa 7, Pivô, São Paulo (2015); Empty House Casa Vazia, Luhring Augustine, New York (2015), Paintings on Paper, David Zwirner, New York (2014); Where Were You, Lisson Gallery, London (2014); the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennial (1994) and the 18th Sao Paulo Biennial (1985). His work is contained in numerous museum collections, including: MoMA – the Museum of Modern Art of New York, MAM-SP – the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, the Pinacotheca of the State of São Paulo, MAC- SP – the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo; MAM-RJ – the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói.


– Tiago Mesquita

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