Miyako Yoshinaga presents Galáxias, a new body of work from Brazilian artist Cleverson Oliveira, on view from September 7 through October 13, 2012. A reception will be held on Thursday, September 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
Oliviera’s new work includes works on canvas, drawings, lithographs, a video, and a site-specific wall installation. Most of the works are black and white, some are surrounded by subtle shades of gray, and all feature a distinctive mix of linear geometry and explosive composition. Conceptually, the artist’s vision stems from the notoriously thorny poems of Haroldo de Campos* entitled Galáxias (1963-1979). Cleverson’s works reflect the fragmented structure of the poetry while insisting on the Neo-Concretist doctrine that the art be subjective and organic. The artist’s version of sacred geometry links mathematical structure to cosmic, psychic, spiritual, and organic experience. These ‘sensorial maps’ reveal spatial and subjective connections relating to macrocosmos and microcosmos, society and individual, abstract and sensorial. Meanwhile, Oliveira’s employment of graphite, permanent marker, and adhesive vinyl demonstrates his belief in the potency of accessible-to-all materials and ideas.