AUG 9, 2015
NOV 15, 2015
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – a museum run by the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture – will host the HOUYHNHNMS exhibition of Nuno Ramos, artist from São Paulo on April 29. There are more than 20 works including paintings, reliefs, drawings and sculptures of large proportions, produced over nine months and now occupying the fourth floor of Estação Pinacoteca. With the exception of Cavaloporpierrô, already assembled in 2014 at the Iberê Camargo Institute of Porto Alegre, all works are being shown for the first time ever.
The five paintings found in the exhibit resume the massive use of petroleum jelly as a base of the colors, a procedure that Nuno Ramos developed in the late 1980s and abandoned at the beginning of the following decade. Four reliefs and seven drawings round out the exhibit. Made from metal plates and tubes, fabrics, plastics, and oil paint on wood, reliefs have three-dimensional elements that extend or contrast the movements suggested by the painting. “The reliefs and petroleum jelly complement one another. The drawings, in turn, form a series dedicated to Proteus, known in Greek mythology as the god of metamorphosis. Each one bears a stamp with the name of one of the transformations that Proteus passed through in Book IV of the Odyssey,” explains curator Lorenzo Mammì.
The exhibit will also present to the public sculptures such as CavaloporPierrô and Casaporarroz, as well as replicas of these works cast in bronze and aluminum, and videos directed by Nuno Ramos and Eduardo Climachauska. These two sculptures are known as “gifts,” an anthropological concept used by Nuno and developed by Marcel Mauss that talks about exchanges in society not aimed at profit. “A crazy exchange, just like the exhibit, which is just an exchange of elements without necessarily having any equivalence between them. Works that – in dialogue with each other – suggest the accumulation of meanings,” said Nuno Ramos. The Nuno show Ramos is sponsored by Banco Bradesco, Biolab Farmacêutica, and Pirelli; visitation is free of charge through October 18.
Nuno Ramos was born in 1960 in São Paulo, where he lives and works. He graduated from Universidade de São Paulo with a degree in philosophy, and is a painter, drawer, sculptor, writer, filmmaker, set designer and composer. He started painting in 1984, when he became part of the group of artists at the Casa 7 studio. Since that time, he has exhibited his work regularly in Brazil and abroad. He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1995, where he was the artist representing Brazil, and the International Biennials of São Paulo in 1985, 1989, 1994 and 2010.
As a writer, he published Sermões (2015), Junco (2011), O mau vidraceiro (2010), Ó (2008), Ensaio geral (2007), O pão do corvo (2001), and Cujo (1993). In 2002, as a filmmaker, he wrote and co-directed (with Eduardo Climachauska, aka Clima) the short films Luz negra (ParaNelson 1) and Duas horas (ParaNelson 1). In 2004, he wrote and directed the short film, Alvorada. He wrote and co-directed (with Clima and Gustavo Moura) and the short film Casco, also in 2004, and Iluminai os terreiros, in 2006. Nuno is also a composer, and has had his songs recorded by Romulo Froes, Nina Becker, Clima, Mariana Aidar, and more. In 2009 and 2011, he received the Portugal Telecom Literature Award, for his books Ó and Junco, respectively. In 2006, he won the Grant Award from the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation.