MOVEMENT AND FIGURES IN DECAPITAR, JULIANA CERQUEIRA LEITE’S EXHIBITION
Proxyco Gallery presents Brazilian artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite’s solo exhibition. In DECAPITAR – “to decapitate” in Portuguese – the artist reflects on the idea of separating the head from the body to explore the mutability of human existence.
The exhibition can be understood as 3 different chapters. The first chapter covers ancestry and primordial forms. The artist sculps heads penetrating blocks of clay to create an opening in the material, as if it was a mouth. In a way, the head made of clay is sort of eating the artist’s hand, and it is through the hand’s touch that the world outside invades the head and then explores its new enclosure. The entire movement created by the artist’s hand and the clay is tactile and sensorial.
The second chapter manifest through object relations because the shelf-like sculptures seem animated, with the illusion that there is a constant movement while immersing in a pastry-like pastel colors that seem like a desert.
Finally, the third chapter includes the one machine in the exhibition, being the only artwork where the viewer cannot perceive the artist’s body giving form to the work. The sculpture’s aim is to empower the southern hemisphere bringing to light a section of the galaxy that represent that part of our planet.
Juliana Cerqueira Leite is a Brazilian artist based in New York. She has a special interest in figurative art’s history and explored the modes of representation that reflect volition in form, often through large-scale, tactile sculptures. The artist observes and reflects about the notions of control over matter and the physical translations of the human body and its surroundings. For Leite, works are casts or prints of positives that are ephemeral, only existing as actions.
DECAPITAR | Solo exhibition of Juliana Cerqueira Leite.
Until October 25th, 2022.
Proxyco. 121 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA.