São Paulo

Efrain Almeida

Galeria Camargo Vilaça

The installation of new works (all 2000) by the young Brazilian artist Efrain Almeida, mounted in the gallery mezzanine, played on the symmetry between works shown on two facing walls. From each of these sprang two wooden hummingbirds captured as if in full flight, their wings spread. From their feet hung long strings of red beads that fell to the floor and stretched out to the center of the gallery. These small ligaments, uniting each pair of birds, traced red outlines on the gallery floor: two drawings that nearly touched, as if describing the shadows of a flight in which the birds, affixed to the wall, could not take part. These designs transformed each set of birds into a true pair: side by side, joined by a skein of blood. The simple design delineated on the floor managed to mobilize the entire space of the gallery by involving the spectator and guiding both his eye and his steps.

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