Waltercio Caldas to exhibit new work at Christopher Grimes Gallery from March 1st to April 5th, 2003. A reception will be held for the artist on Saturday, March 1st from 6 to 8 PM. The gallery is located at 916 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica. Caldas is widely considered to be one of the most important Brazilian artists working today. In the main gallery he will expand upon a body of installation work that was first previewed at the gallery in January, 2001. In the south gallery will be a selection of new wall and pedestal sculptures in stainless steel and thread.
He will create an experiential installation of works by juxtaposing sectors of pure color affixed to the wall - in vinyl or paint - against yarn suspended from the ceiling. Caldas further articulates the tenuous relationship between the architectural space and those who occupy it. From a distance, one sees an abstract pattern of lines intersecting areas of color. However, upon closer inspection, one discovers that the lines are not as rigid as they first appeared-swaying slightly with the air currents in the room. In the words of one critic: “The work insists persistently upon being a border. It further insists upon reducing the border it is. It wants to erase its outlines, its very constitution.In a similar fashion, the artists’ stainless steel wall and pedestal constructions explore ideas of experience and perception within a formal dialogue by using thread to lead the eye from one point to another. They allude to perspectival space that is not wholly present creating, what Caldas says is “a maximum presence from the least amount of material.”
He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and has shown extensively in Brazil and internationally since the 1960’s. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Art, São Paulo, and Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva, among many others, and also represented Brazil in the 47th Venice Biennale and Documenta IX. Most recently he was included in Tempo, the inaugural exhibit of the Museum of Modern Art’s, Queen’s branch. His work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Staaliche Museen, Kassel and the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo.