Erika Verzutti + Tiago Carneiro da Cunha Exhibition

Misako & Rosen

poster for Erika Verzutti + Tiago Carneiro da Cunha Exhibition

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MISAKO & ROSEN is pleased to announce our next exhibition, a two-person show featuring new sculptures by two Brazilian artists, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha and Erika Verzutti. Verzutti's work was recently on view in Tokyo as part of the group exhibition "Neotropicalia: When Lives Become Form" presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the exhibition "Haptic," curated by Vik Muniz for Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo; this is Tiago's debut Tokyo exhibition.

The exhibition, a continuation of a series of two-person shows presented by the gallery, contrasts the resolved sculptures of Carneiro da Cunha with the more process-oriented work of Verzutti. Both artists utilize a traditional art vocabulary - that of sculpture - to deal with representation, while also maintaining an art practice that is distinctly their own.

Tiago Carneiro da Cunha's most recent work is essentially a subversive form of pottery; faience as abject art object. While da Cunha's past sculptures offered a more direct critique of the precious - his past works were realized in resin, with its jewel-like form in opposition to less elevated content - his sculptures for MISAKO & ROSEN are consistent in theme and, at the same time, emphasize the manual nature of their production. In a continual attempt to explore through formal means the positive potential of incongruity within the language of contemporary sculpture, da Cunha provides an engaging example of a possible contemporary sculptural strategy.

Erika Verzutti's work complicates issues around sculptural representation through a foregrounding process, while ultimately presenting an object in a recognizable form. Often portraying an image of organic objects such as vegetables or animals, Erika's work is a resolved byproduct of an infectiously playful use of basic art materials such as clay and paint, along with materials used for the production of artworks (such as paint brushes, rulers and pencils). Erika's works revel in their unfinished nature and carry playfulness as a possible means to reinvigorate contemporary sculptural practice.

Both artists work in a common medium accessible to a general audience, and each produces works that engage with issues of craftmaking, thus aiming to call attention to the inherently confused distinctions between cultural categories. This blurring of cultural boundaries is also the goal of MISAKO & ROSEN. We thus hope that you will have an opportunity to enjoy this special exhibition and dialogues between two young Brazilian artists here in Tokyo.

[Image: Erika Verzutti]



From 2009-01-26 To 2009-02-22

Opening Reception on 2009-01-26 from 18:00 to 20:00



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