Solo show by Alex Hornest at LOGO gallery
At the exhibition Zôo [Zoo], Alex Hornest’s first solo show for Galeria LOGO, the artist is presenting a new series of large-format paintings on canvas along with sculptures in different materials, such as bronze, concrete, wood and porcelain.
The canvases, mostly diptychs or triptychs with subtle disconnections, involve an individual search for synthesis, impact and rupture. Hornest explores the abstraction of painting through the figuration of animals originating from his childhood memories. The concept of burning is then developed through the overpainting/graying of these animals. According to the artist, “In these works my search was, and is, for transformation, renewal and everything that arises after something that can be considered a catastrophe.”
Hornest’s starting point in the series of paintings featured in Zôo is a giant canvas panel created for an exhibition held in Bogotá, Colombia. At the end of the project, the panel was disassembled, transported to Brazil, and continued/transformed by the artist. The process also refers to organic transformations, such as the reactions that occur in the combustion of material, with its possibilities of aesthetic reverberation.
In the sculptures, developed over the last three years, Hornest presents new possibilities for how he puts creatures into boxes, contrasting molded and forged materials. These works deal with life and the conditions under which the large masses are imprisoned, urging the viewer to think about human beings as animals, divided into species and living in a zoo that they themselves construct.
Hornest is the mentor and only member of the project 72D.I.E.S.E.L. [72 Childish Delinquents Specialized in Free Style], a subversive platform he created for research and actions, dealing with animation, collage, documentary, photography and installation in different contexts, under various pseudonyms. The dissimulation of processes, materials and characters kindles the public’s curiosity and enlarges the reach of this work by one of São Paulo’s most intriguing and influential artists.
Zôo / Alex Hornest
> Opens Tuesday, August 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Runs from August 8 to September 1, Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Zôo / Alex Hornest