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View of “Marcia de Moraes,” 2018. From left: Realismo fantastico 1 (Fantastic Realism 1), 2018; O Olho (The Eye), 2018. Photo: Filipe Berndt.

Marcia de Moraes

Galeria Leme

Over the past decade, Marcia de Moraes has developed colorful, abstract drawings that explore coexistence, investigating and negotiating dichotomies such as vacuity and solidity, constriction and expansion, corporeality and abstraction, neurosis and calmness. Her use of similar recurring patterns, inspired by objects she photographs, has forged a recognizable visual lexicon that includes shapes reminiscent of abstracted tongues, teeth, eggs, leaves, vines, cylinders, cords, and spheres. This exhibition featured collages and visceral ceramic sculptures alongside her drawings, whose expansive energy seemed to erupt from the picture plane and splinter into three dimensions. The show’s title, “História do Olho” (Story of the Eye), taken from Georges Bataille’s explicitly pornographic novel of 1928, drew attention to the visceral and erotic qualities of the three groups of works on view.

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