S.I.G.L.A. / Patricia Furlong

aug 07 2012 - sep 01 2012

S.I.G.L.A.
Patricia Furlong’s artistic path in exhibition at LOGO galery
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An artist with works in important private and institutional collections, who has participated in the Bienal de Havana and held exhibitions in large galleries and museums, including in countries such as Denmark and Japan, cannot exactly be treated as an “outsider.” Nevertheless, careful observation of Patricia Furlong’s artistic path reveals that her work is displaced in relation to the trends explored by her contemporaries. Her oeuvre, which steps to the beat of a different drummer, has a striking relevance when examined from the proper vantage point.
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The exhibition S.I.G.L.A. [Indexed Sequence of Gestures and Artistic Languages] proposes an attentive look at the connection between different phases of Patricia Furlong’s production, from the late 1980s to today. It is a work aligned with some of the main focuses of Galeria LOGO’s program, dealing with the influence of branding in art, the urban space as an expressive platform, and the impact of the digital media on the artist’s perspective.
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In the series Vedações [Blotting Outs], from the early 1990s, the artist begins with what she understands today as a “constructive impulse” to transform advertisements through painting, blotting out or reconfiguring characters. In other works, on photos, she blots out all of the advertising from the then visually polluted São Paulo cityscape, 15 years before the “Clean City Law” did away with most outdoor advertising. A further example of Patricia’s previous production that will be shown are the works of the Comandos [Commandos] series, where she transforms the aesthetics and use of the urban infrastructure to create interactive and sensitive works.
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After 25 years working in São Paulo, the artist is currently getting away from the metropolis, with her studio surrounded by teeming plant life. Even so, her garden is conceived as a human construction, to be photographed, painted, fragmented and juxtaposed. This process results in a contrast of scales and an accumulation of data that makes us think about the city as well as the superimposed windows and grids of Internet. Her garden also gives rise to paintings of tree shadows, shapes projected by the sun, which in the context of the exhibition look as though they were printed on the grass.
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S.I.G.L.A. sheds light on Patricia Furlong’s expressive complexity as well as the accessibility of her visual vocabulary. Because any consumer living among buildings and Internet sites can readily relate with the artist’s work. And once this relation is made, it is likely that the viewer’s outlook on the world in which he/she lives will be subverted.
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S.I.G.L.A. / Patricia Furlong
> Opens Tuesday, August 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Runs from August 8 to September 1
Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
LOGO gallery
Rua Artur de Azevedo, 401, São Paulo – SP
tel (+55 11) 3062 2381
www.galerialogo.com