José de Guimarães - Folding and Cutting
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José de Guimarães | Folding and Cutting
20 October 2018 to 10 February 2019


Over recent years, the CIAJG has exhibited works, including extensive selections, from José de Guimarães’ oeuvre - that is relatively unknown to the general public and even to specialists. Contact Sheets (2014) featured a set of works produced using image-transfer processes (engraving, stencil techniques etc.). Painting: Monumental suites and some variations (2015), provided an overview of several stages in the artist’s career. We now present Folding and Cutting that brings together about 170 works, many exhibited for the first time.
The exhibition includes a large number of small-scale sculptures - made from paper and cardboard, which, until today, had been kept in José de Guimarães' studio - in dialogue with a remarkable and bewildering set of drawings made using a wide array of media and techniques.
The exhibition reveals an essentially experimental and procedural work, in which the artist’s manual intelligence is articulated with the complete freedom of his imagination, in an admirable formal fluidity. The artist once again seems to have constructed an alphabet of forms using simple materials, mainly abstract or geometric, but including a small number of figurative works.
Some of the works have no immediate purpose, others served as models for large public works, others served as a first attempt to achieve a certain formal configuration while others have a scale that seems to be sufficient in its own right, without the need to be enlarged.
These works seem to be linked to the underlying gesture of drawing, understood as a project, but also seem to have originated as a result of the artist’s inner drive to make things – halfway between the forgetfulness of the gesture and the memory of the body.

Curatorship Nuno Faria