JARABAS LOPES | A GENTIL CARIOCA
Jarbas Lopes, Pintura Shock, 2010-2017, A Gentil Carioca
Jarbas Lopes, b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1964). Lives and works in Maricá, Brazil. He finds the materials for his artworks in the context of everyday life: seemingly trivial objects become the starting point for an investigation into its functions and symbolic language. In doing so his works enter into a dialogue with public and social spaces: Lopes is primarily concerned with the idea of accessibility of aesthetic experience and social interaction. However, he does not act as a political artist but rather as an artist who produces art in a political manner.
In 2017 Lopes presented a solo show at A Gentil Carioca, his forth at the gallery. Other solo shows include one at the Luisa Strina Gallery, São Paulo (2017) and also one at Crac Alsace, Altkirch (2017). Highlighted group shows include: Lyon Biennial (2011), High Jungle, Lehmann Maupin, NY (2010); 7th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea. (2008); 27° São Paulo Biennial (2006); Gambiarra – New Art from Brazil, Gassworks, London (2004); Unbound, Parasol Unit, London (2004); and the 8th Havana Biennial (2003). Highlighted public collections: TBA21 Collection, Tate Modern,
MoMA, New York and Inhotim, Minas Gerais. Lopes graduated in Fine Arts at the UFRJ Rio de Janeiro and, in 2004, awarded by the Cisneros artist residency.
In his formal and interactive works, Jarbas creates a dialogue between public and social spaces. He finds the materials he uses in his artworks in the context of everyday life, where simple objects become the starting point for a research on functions and symbolic language. He is specially concerned with the idea of accessibility of aesthetic experience and social interaction. In the series of “Elastic paintings”, traditional painting is mixed with the act of creating a geometric pattern of weaved elastic bands and the multi-sensory experience that the manipulation of his works allows. In the series of drawings of the “Vila abstrata”, Jarbas creates the utopic project of a Hotel-Favela, dreaming of a collective collaboration involving the inhabitants of the villages adjacent to the contemporary art museum and botanical park of Inhotim.