Nicolás Robbio’s drawings—whether on paper or on other surfaces such as glass, wood, or walls—can be beautiful, delicate, intricate, or funny, but they are always smart. Seldom does one see such a sharp and fresh approach to an age-old medium, an investigation of formal qualities that isn’t primly formal. Robbio, who was born in Mar de Plata, Argentina, but is based in São Paulo, has been perfecting his craft and rendering it more and more complex as time goes on, and this exhibition, “Quase como Ontem” (Almost like Yesterday), was his most accomplished yet.
A video, 1P, 2004–2007, was shown on the gallery’s ground floor: In a static shot, a hand—the artist’s—uses a small brush to insistently sweep a seemingly clean surface that takes up the entire screen. But during the four minutes of the video the invisible becomes visible as more and more dust is gathered. No resident of polluted São
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