Thiago Szmrecsányi in Território Transitório
On November 8, 2015, Sé will present the exhibition Território Transitório (Transitory Territory) by Thiago Szmrecsányi. The show will feature a selection of multiples, sculptures and installations created since the 1990s in New York, where the artist lives and works. After a while without showing in Brazil, the artist returns with artworks produced mostly from materials found on the streets, or rejected by other artists with studios in the same building as his, in the Lower East Side.
In his attempt to reveal the multiple contexts and spaces which he inhabits, Thiago Szmrecsányi inserts everyday matters in his artistic process. As a result, he transforms discarded utilitarian objects through a series of actions that challenge the functional purpose of the materials, the way in which they operate and how they are made. In his re-articulation of the materials, he proposes alternative ways of being, seeing, or making.
By provoking the relationship with space, in I Handle (2012) he utilizes car seat upholstery, steel cables and suspenders; Mutatis Mutandis (2014) employs automotive parts and photocopies; in Common Thread(2012) he incorporates canvas stretchers and hardware. According to Szmrecsányi, “this proposed perspective of a new order is never fully realized in my work. My preference for the simple, quick and direct, and an emphasis on the process make most of my actions contingent and temporary.”
In accessing his work, the viewer can “enter uncertain territory, or yet, a two-way street, where a faster and flexible new order contrasts with the used, abused, almost wasted, though still long-lasting and recognizable things.”
For Szmrecsányi, to exhibit in São Paulo again after a while, and especially at Sé, made the artist consider the internal spaces and the gallery’s location in relationship with the pulsating rhythm of its surroundings. Using materials sourced from the streets, he was inspired by Praça da Sé (Sé Square) as a representative exhibition space. Both gallery and square “also work in cycles of marketing and selling of ideas and products ... As transitory territories.”
November 8, 2015 – from 12pm to 5pm
November 8 - December 19, 2015
Tuesdays through Fridays from 11am to 7pm Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm