For Art Basel Miami Beach 2021, Galeria Millan presents a selection of six artists: Lygia Pape, Lygia Clark and Mira Schendel — who are considered the most relevant Neo-Concrete artists in Brazil, whose style and language influence deminent artists in later generations and whose artistic production reverberates to this day — in consonance with Nelson Felix, Tunga and Paulo Pasta, acclaimed, yet diverse, contemporary artists. Tunga shifts easily from one technique to another, absorbing organic and morphological elements, working between abstraction and figuration, delving into the deepest sensorial experiences, which range from unconscious sexual symbolism to the transformation of the material into the spiritual.
The works of sculptor and draughtsman Nelson Felix include elements of nature, which are contrasted with cultural objects and sculptural matter, the imminent transubstantiation of which is explored by the artist. Felix is drawn to the interiority of things and to the interrelation between balance and instability in the construction of the architectural space wherein his works are installed. The artist still bases his work on the the idea of the body as potency, carrying clear references to the works of Tunga and Lygia Clark, if we consider the spiritual aspect of his work, which emerges from the artist’s dislocations and actions. The human body, the word and language, poetry and cartography all acquire through his practice a visual and plastic dimension, ultimately revealing mythical or symbolic aspects.
Painter, draughtsman and engraver Paulo Pasta seeks to construct temporality in painting. The shapes and colors of his works seem to flaten the perception of the passage of time while their geometries stablish thick atmospheres which are gradually recognized by the spectator’s observant eye. Paulo Pasta develops his paintings by applying multiple layers of oil paint to the canvas and, like Mira Schendel, the artist follows rigorous techniques, all of which orbit the same nexus, touching on universal subjects. Tunga formalizes his ideas in diverse ways and, like Lygia Clark, the essence of his work ultimately unravels into multiple structures and compositions.