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View of “Artur Lescher,” 2013.

Artur Lescher

Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo

View of “Artur Lescher,” 2013.

Artur Lescher has been making three-dimensional work since the 1980s, during which time he has built a solid artistic career in Brazil. In his most recent solo show, “Pensamento pantográfico” (Pantographic Thought), he presented seventeen works, most produced this year, inspired by the pantograph, an articulated gadget invented in the seventeenth century for copying forms at different scales.

In the main gallery window was Pantográfica (Para Antonio Dias), 2013, a large, wall-mounted piece that resembles a metal gate, similar to the antique scissor types used in elevators. Hung on the wall, it drapes down onto the ground, like a rolled-out rug on display. Its literal reference to the pantograph, through its rhomboidal design and its capacity to expand and retract, leaves little to the imagination. Almost as literal, an earlier articulated wood wall piece, Pantográfico #2, 2011,

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