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Waltercio Caldas

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Waltercio Caldas’s drawing 1, 2009, is a straightforward composition of india ink and pins on paper; two diamond forms—one small and red; the other, larger and black—slightly intersect near a spot of printed text reading simples. While this word (a plural) seems to describe the adjacent shapes, its placement here is curious for an artist who rarely uses text, even if he repeatedly references the textual. Caldas typically makes abstract sculptures that signify the syntactic movement of language, as if diagramming a sentence. By applying to his materials a set of formal guidelines—for example, the juxtaposition of line and curve, the balance of solidity and fragility, the activation of negative space as presence—the Brazilian artist composes meaningful permutations of like elements. To read these permutations is to decipher the whole from its grammarlike parts, as demonstrated by the eight

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