Iran do Espírito Santo

Galeria André Viana

Despite its slick minimalist look, and in contrast to much of the contemporary Brazilian art you may have seen, Iran do Espírito Santo’s work addresses art’s most time-honored task: representation. This exhibition offered a comprehensive look at the Sao Paulo-based artist’s recent production. It included three sculptures belonging to a series of solid stainless-steel casts of ordinary objects: Ovni (UFO), 2000, two dinner plates put together, one on top of the other; Fluorescente (Fluorescent), 2000, a fluorescent lightbulb; and Castiçal e vela (Candlestick and candle), 1998, a candlestick holding a candle. What’s important is not just that an ordinary object becomes an art object through the traditional sculptural process of casting, here counterpoised with industrial materials and flirting with reductivist strategies. Rather, it's that in the process of becoming art, the objects have

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