Galeria Millan kicks off the 2015 exhibition season with the show Sala de trabalho, a solo exhibition by Afonso Tostes, which presents a new series of sculptures. The exhibition – the first by the artist in Galeria Millan – will be on display from 30 January to 28 February 2015; the vernissage will take place on January 29, at 7pm.
The exhibition will occupy the ground floor of the gallery. These previously unseen works were developed from the series presented in the exhibition Tronco, held in early 2014, at Casa França-Brasil, in Rio de Janeiro. There are about 50 sculptures made from the handles of tools used in various types of services, all of manual use: sickles, hammers, hoes, shovels, rakes, hoes, machetes and others.
Each piece is unique, not only in terms of the sculptural intervention, but also given the wear and tear that each tool displays. The sculptural interference by the artist refers to the human bone, in full scale, as if the instrument were an extension of the bodies that use it, alluding to the relationship between man and technique. The exhibition also reflects on the coexistence of rudimentary operations with digital techniques, which still coexist with archaic processes of production, inequality in labor relations, slavery, famine and other aspects that have not been overcome by technological development.
For the artist, this set of pieces, understood as an installation, can arouse in the spectator a strong memories, since one of the elements present in the works is the action of time itself. Thereby, the artist hopes that the public will leverage and expand the understanding of the works in exhibition.