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Valdirlei Dias Nunes, Untitled, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 19 5/8 x 11 7/8".

Valdirlei Dias Nunes

Galeria Casa Triângulo

Valdirlei Dias Nunes, Untitled, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 19 5/8 x 11 7/8".

Valdirlei Dias Nunes has been working in between painting, sculpture, and drawing for more than twenty-five years, but the formal economy and precision in his work has kept his aesthetic singular and untouched by current stylistic trends. His exhibition “Pinturas e Relevos Recentes” (Recent Paintings and Reliefs) included seventeen pristinely executed, predominantly black or white, wall-mounted pieces that seductively hovered between abstraction and figuration.

Six black paintings in various sizes lined up along one of the gallery’s long walls showed delicate regular golden grids on their surfaces, but these grids were interrupted at various points to reveal passages of uninflected black. At first glance, these areas seemed to be simple, flat, inanimate abstract forms, but under further scrutiny, they evoked masses and voids that ruptured the metallic meshes. The negotiation between

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