In my work as a sculptor I am always trying to add new meanings and possibilities to everyday objects, existing things, and second hand materials. In doing so, I am also re-examining a practice, playing with long established ideas about art, and the repetitive roles and tasks of the artists.
Selecting and handling the overlooked is one of the ways through which I increase and test my knowledge about the field, the material, and the matter. While re-thinking, making, or breaking them I often juxtapose and contrast form and function to highlight ideas that were not particularly evident to me at first.
Resulting sculptures and objects still display a lot about their origins. Yet, they also allude to a new context or configuration. Shifting from what they once were to what they are, to what they may become, moves us-- artists and viewers alike-- to a somewhat flexible ground where one may question its own perceptions…
Thiago Szmrecsányi is a Brazilian artist working primarily as a sculptor and based in New York since 1994. Recently he has shown his work at the Flomenhaft Gallery (2013), CultureFix (2012), the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center Abrazo Interno Gallery and the CutLog Art Fair. He was part of the Bronx Museum AIM Program in 1995. Abroad, he has shown his work at Le Centre Vu, Quebec; Paço das Artes, Sao Paulo; Projeto Macunaíma, Rio de Janeiro; and Centro Cultural Vergueiro in Sao Paulo. Thiago is a recipient of the Artists Space Independent Project Grant for his curatorial work “insert” produced for Cuchifritos Gallery at the Essex Street Market (2002-03). He was a Teaching Artist for Studio in a School (2004-08) and holds a BA from Hunter College/CUNY.
Additionally, Thiago has been a collaborator in performance projects and designed sets and spaces at chashama 461 gallery, the Flamboyán Theater, Connelly Theater, and Hostos Theater. He has also been an exhibition designer for the Henry Street Settlement at the ADAA fair, and Longwood Gallery at the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture.