Jose Pedro Croft, Rui Sanches

Gallery Alda Cortez

The sculptors Jose Pedro Croft and Rui Sanches have exhibited jointly several times since 1985, together with a group that includes, among others, Cabrita Reis and Pedro Calapez. In his early work Croft used stone as his primary material. He employed geometric forms and placed blocks of stone one upon another. The starting point was a simple form—the parallelepiped—and the composition related to architectural forms, such as the arch and the column. It also made reference to the funeral architecture of tombs and coffins. These works had a tendency to be large, to have an anthropomorphic scale; they also elaborated on the relationship of the work’s internal balance and the surrounding space.

In his most recent series, Croft has revived a sense of intimacy and sensuality in the modeling of the works. The sculptures have reduced dimensions, and thus the theme of the relationship with the

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