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André Cepeda, Untitled E0014, São Paulo, 2015, ink-jet print, 19 5/8 x 25 1/2".

André Cepeda

Benrubi Gallery

André Cepeda, Untitled E0014, São Paulo, 2015, ink-jet print, 19 5/8 x 25 1/2".

Portuguese photographer André Cepeda offered us two groups—and kinds—of photographs, nearly all untitled (but numbered) and all, in their different ways, more or less detached musings on aspects of his native country (his hometown, Porto, and São Paulo in Brazil, once a part of Portugal’s colonial empire). The color photographs of the latter, made in 2012, have a conventional clarity and obviousness; the former, mostly colorless photographs made in 2015, are more mysterious. The former feel self-conscious; the latter seem to spring directly from the unconscious. The muted light in Untitled A0026 and A006, 2015, makes the black forms—all architectural details—uncannily evident. Tonally sensitive, the Porto photographs grasp at a landscape that seems to be fading into absence. In contrast, the objects in the São Paulo photographs are frankly present.

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