Ivens Machado

Luciana Brito Galeria

MADE IN CHINA, printed on the cardboard boxes used for transporting bicycles Ivens Machado incorporated into his new sculptures (and used as the title of this show), evokes an obvious association: cheap goods mass-produced in the world’s most populous country and sold globally. The Brazilian artist also utilized shipping boxes with different labeling—for example: CONTENTS MADE IN THE USA. FRAGILE FURNITURE. Such clearly visible, specific words might encourage the viewer to speculate about their significance for the overall meaning of Machado’s works. Do they simply belong to the “found” qualities of the boxes, functioning predominantly as graphic ciphers? Or should they be read as markings that expose the uniformity of consumerism and its impact on countries such as Brazil? How do Machado’s sculptures relate to other artists’ works that incorporate materials with printed text? While the

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