Nuno de Campos

Clifford Smith Gallery

In his second solo show, “Lap and Beyond,” New York-based Portuguese artist Nuno de Campos continued to explore the triadic power relations among himself, his art, and the public through his favorite vehicle, the female midsection. Along with two tempera-on-panel postscripts to last year’s “Lap” series. The artist exhibited nine intricate works on paper in graphite, charcoal, and chalk The Oedipal dimension implied in the earlier work—loosely based on the Virgin in Michelangelo’s Pietà—is made explicit in these three series of photo-based drawings, installed as triptychs. Setting aside the notion of a lap as the place where a child is nurtured, de Campos puts symbolically loaded objects in his model’s expressive, Düreresque hands: a knife, a jar of Vicks VapoRub, an old record cover. These objects deliberately reference psychoanalytical models of the transitional object, which represents

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