(Santos, 1973)
Lives and works in São Paulo
Sesper’s work arises from a particular relation between collage, painting, form and texture. Based on experiments made on paper and manipulations with computer graphics programs, today his work takes place mainly on wooden panels, incorporating a wide range of objects to the support and referring to the concept of assemblage. Among the various materials thrown away by society that the artist uses, including educational posters, magazines, and obsolete equipment, there are personal objects and documents pertaining to either himself or his friends. The elements bearing a sentimental meaning, which are sometimes relics of urban subcultures, are incremented by Sesper’s previous work in an endless process of visual feedback. They are parts of works, impressions of parts of works, fragments of products created by the artist, in short: originals and transpositions of his works on a wide range of supports are transformed and reused. Simulacrum, and original are fused to compose scenes of a society self-disoriented by psychoactive substances, short-circuited ideologies, Catholic guilt and branding.
Alexandre Cruz spent a large part of his teenage years skateboarding, making zines and recording cassette tapes in Santos, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. After joining various independent bands, at the beginning of the ’90s he started the band Garage Fuzz, with which he has performed as a vocalist until today, besides engaging in other musical projects. In São Paulo, he began to intervene in the streets with stickers and posters, adopting the pseudonym Sesper, while he also disseminated his art by way of designs printed on T-shirts for streetwear brands and record covers for independent labels or large recording studios, among other products. In parallel with this, he developed works in the studio which gradually garnered visibility in exhibition spaces. Sesper also worked as a curator, being one of the founders of the seminal exhibition space by the name of Most, and having participated in the curatorship of the traveling show TRANSFER. As a documentarist/videomaker, he directed RE:Board, the result of an extensive research on the history of the art produced on Brazilian skateboards.
Sesper has marked the course of LOGO since its opening, in 2011. His work has garnered attention in group shows such as Perturbo, inaugurating the gallery with his monumental collages/paintings, and Marker, with a perturbing installation: a viewing booth for adult religious films. The artist also generated a great impact by releasing a series of autobiographical works divided among the 2012 and 2013 editions of the SP-Arte fair, which were sold out on both occasions. His work figures in important institutional collections such as those of Itaú Cultural and Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz.