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Cristiano Lenhardt, Pintura–escalador (Painting–Escalator), 2014, two ink-jet prints, each 15 1/4 × 11 1/4".

Cristiano Lenhardt

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Cristiano Lenhardt, Pintura–escalador (Painting–Escalator), 2014, two ink-jet prints, each 15 1/4 × 11 1/4".

The idea that an object exists only because the force holding it together is stronger than the force pulling it apart was the stated subject of Cristiano Lenhardt’s recent solo show “Matéria Superordinária Abundante” (Superordinary Abundant Matter). Citing this entropic premise as fundamental to the cultures of the indigenous inhabitants of Brazil, Lenhardt composed a show concerning the precarious balance between the made and the unmade that nothing and no one can achieve except temporarily.

In a departure from his prior preoccupations with film and printmaking, Lenhardt culled commonplace materials from the streets of Recife to create the works for this exhibition. Dobrados com bordas (Folds with Edges; all works 2014), for instance, consists of pieces of a kind of aluminum screen typically used to cover satellite dishes, which had been folded in dense compositions that call to

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