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Iran do Espírito Santo, Globo 1 (Globe 1), 2011, marble, 6 x 8 7/8 x 8 7/8".

Iran do Espírito Santo

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Iran do Espírito Santo, Globo 1 (Globe 1), 2011, marble, 6 x 8 7/8 x 8 7/8".

A strange sort of tension filled the two rooms occupied by Iran do Espírito Santo’s solo show; like the calm before a storm, it seemed to be generated by pent-up energy before its release. At the core of the Brazilian artist’s work is an interest in what he describes as “the duality we live in; between the concrete world and that of ideas. It’s an existential human condition; the artworks are a way of negotiating this, a need to deal with immateriality.” Espírito Santo, who has exhibited consistently since the mid-1980s, has established an aesthetic that reflects his conceptual concerns by means of an obsessive attention to detail in sculptures, drawings, and wall paintings that recurrently explore form, light, and spatial folds with impeccable craftsmanship and a discerning choice in materials.

The sculptures render mundane, mass-produced, functional designs such as table lamps,

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