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OPENINGS: RENATA LUCAS

Renata Lucas, Cruzamento (Crossing), 2003, wood. Installation view, intersection of Rua dois de Dezembro and Praia do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, 2003.

TO CREATE HER WORK Cruzamento (Crossing), first realized in 2003 in Rio de Janeiro and reprised in São Paulo in 2004, artist Renata Lucas repaves a busy intersection with plywood—a seemingly simple gesture with complex ramifications. Layered on top of the asphalt, the wood, with its anomalous color and texture, claims a new territory for form and geometry: A curious shape—a cross or a plus sign, but one that is more curvilinear than angular—literally emerges, relief-like, from the street. The curbs that define the shape’s contours now read as negative space, while the two overlapping flows of traffic seem to draw, in two broad lines, a perpetual “crossing” that has a distinct metaphoric register. Giving form to the abstract notions of convergence and flux, Cruzamento appears almost an emblem for the possibility of transformation—one superimposed on, and coexistent

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