"OUROBORUS – DRAWINGS ON BRASS"
7 – 28 September 2017
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Having created his first three-dimensional pieces with wood for a solo exhibition held last December in Barcelona, Vasco Mourão continued to experiment with other forms of blurring the lines between two-dimensional drawing and the sculptural object. The most recent materialisation of his hyper-depictions of urban landscapes is presented here in brass discs where, according to the artist, he managed to find the perfect balance between the thickness of paper and the strength of a frame capable of holding itself. Each disc was subjected to a colouring process with acids (vinegar and salt) in order to create a unique canvas of subtle textures and hues. From this foundation, the artist then drew his meandering architectural compositions with a black pen.
As the artist states:
“This is an ongoing series that focuses on the concept of infinite, of something that has no beginning or end. Sequences of imaginary buildings and constructions that grow into each other in a continuous loop. Departing from my traditional medium of pen and paper, this is a new line of work that lies between a sculpture and a two-dimensional drawing. By working on a brass sheet, these pieces are freed from the traditional frame and the physical limits of the pieces are an integral part of the work. Drawn by hand, they speak of urban landscapes, repetition, distortion, and movement.”
About the artist:
Vasco Mourão (1979), also known as Mister Mourão, is a Portuguese artist, illustrator, and architect based in Barcelona. Obsessed with the drawing of cities and architectural forms, his practice has been establishing itself through line drawing, usually with recourse to a black pen, by way of which he creates dense, intricate compositions blending both real and imaginary structures and spaces. Drawing mostly from memory and his knowledge as an architect, he deconstructs the elements of the city and re-arranges them on a variety of mediums, creating a hyper-depiction of the urban landscape and its textures. Besides creating commissions for clients such as Apple and working in the field of editorial illustration—having been featured in leading publications such as The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and Wired, among others—he has also been showcasing his work in exhibitions and painting large-scale murals.
Ouroborus – Drawings on Brass
An exhibition of works by Vasco Mourão
Opening: 7 September
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