Zé dos Bois presents, between May 17 and September 8, the most recent solo exhibition by the Portuguese artist Jorge Queiroz. Composed of works made between 2010 and 2018, A Invenção do Sim e do Não offer us a journey through the period during which the artist intensified his production of paintings on canvas.
The three dozen of works now assembled bring us glimpses of a universe where characters – often truncated, merely suggested – cohabit and interact at the threshold of their own dissolution into painting. Much the same way, the spaces that frame these characters are of an ectopic nature, fragmenting and succeeding themselves in a kaleidoscopic sequence whose chaining is determined by the rule of metamorphosis. In fact, everything in Jorge Queiroz’s paintings is on the verge of mutation, fusion or disappearance. His practice sometimes seems like a pictorial version of the dynamics of lateral thinking: a form of reasoning that precludes functional logic, and hierarchical methods in favor of a generalized drift between categories, forms, images, sensations, and intensities, converting the visual experience into an uninterrupted stream of wonderment and discovery.