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Laura Vinci, Morro mundo (detail), 2017, borosilicate glass, smoke machines, steel fittings. Installation view. Photo: Pat Kilgore.

Laura Vinci

Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo

Laura Vinci, Morro mundo (detail), 2017, borosilicate glass, smoke machines, steel fittings. Installation view. Photo: Pat Kilgore.

In 1951, the Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade published the poem “A máquina do mundo” (The Machine of the World), which among its verses reads: “The machine of the world has partially opened . . . / opened itself majestic and circumspect, / without giving off any impure sound / nor even a flash of light greater than is bearable.” The poem, which Laura Vinci has referenced in the past, again came to mind when one viewed her recent exhibition “Morro mundo” (Hillside World), which was made up of a structure comprising various interlocking glass tubes that occupied the total space of the room. From time to time, smoke came out of the ends of the installation, and at such moments the room was enveloped by a mist. The artist has always been interested in “the different states and vibrations of matter,” as Carlito Azevedo affirms in the commentary accompanying the exhibition.

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