New York

Fernanda Gomes

Baumgartner Gallery

In 1907, Russian Symbolist-cum-Constructivist director Vsevolod Meyerhold called for a new kind of revolutionary audience of “vigilant observers,” hoping that concentrated effort on the part of theatergoers would foster a newly focused political subject. Brazilian artist Fernanda Gomes, in her third solo show in New York, demanded a comparably active viewership. The art on display included filaments of string casting barely perceptible shadows, a tiny gold thread looping out about an inch from the wall near the floor, and pieces of clear tape applied to the wall. One does not see much of Gomes’s art without first hunting it down; once located, the elusive objects demand an attentiveness that verges on surveillance.

Gomes makes work from materials she finds in or near the venues in which she exhibits. With a scavenger’s resourcefulness, she utilizes ordinary materials (nails, thread, tape)

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