Visual Arts

Oh My Dog!

— de João Marçal

14.09 — 05.11.22

Septemper 14
5pm to 9pm

Monday to Saturday
3pm - 7pm

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A CMS ZDB adventure.

Galeria Minuta, a joint venture between CMS and ZDB, presents its second exhibition, continuing a program that aims to highlight contemporary creators in the visual arts.

Oh My Dog!, an exhibition by João Marçal, curated by Natxo Checa, brings together a set of works spanning a time span of about twenty years. Among the group of pieces, some exhibited here for the first time, are paintings made in early 2003, and others, more recent, with production dates between 2017 and mid-2022.

The challenge of this exhibition is to bring together in a single room, in an unprecedented way, several paintings in different formats, produced several years apart and with – apparently and definitely – disparate types of record.

The title Oh My Dog! emerges in the contingency of a made up phrase, a vent that – from nothing – subverted and emancipated itself; a process common to the nature of all these paintings and which is, perhaps, the only common point between them all: they potentially existed somewhere, were found, and, finally, painted. The painting expresses itself through the painter, and not the other way around.

João Marçal

João Marçal (Coruche, 1980)
Currently lives and works in Lisbon.

João Marçal’s work is developed essentially within the territory of painting.
Apparently abstract, his work almost always incorporates literal references from everyday life, many of them autobiographical in nature: fabric patterns, packaging design, public transport graphics, logos, architectural details. In most cases, it is possible to identify a universe dating from the 1980s and 1990s.

The autonomy of forms is balanced with affective connections, like two poles that simultaneously attract and repel, as if we could speak of a kind of Sentimental Abstractionism or Nostalgic Formalism. In each work, multiple layers coexist and dialogue, which can start from accounts of personal episodes, passing through reflections more focused on the technical and historical possibilities of the medium itself.

João Marçal has exhibited regularly since 2003, collaborated in group shows and developed individual projects for independent spaces such as: Salão Olímpico, PêSSEGOpráSEMANA, IN-TRANSIT, Laboratório das Artes, Mad Woman In The Attic, Espaço Campanhã, Espaço Avenida, Maus Hábitos, A Certain Lack of Coherence, Espaço Mira, Parkour and Sismógrafo.

Among the solo exhibitions are: ‘We’re all alone’, Galeira Adhoc , Vigo, Spain (2013); ‘That Day’, A Certain Lack of Coherence, Porto (2013); D.ª Maria Amélia’, Nuno Centeno Gallery, Porto (2012); ‘Trabalhos Sobre Papel’, Fundação, Porto (2010); ‘Abstract’, MCO Arte Contemporânea, Porto (2009); ‘Homage to Anthony Mundiaga Ogadje’, Museu da Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto (2008).

In 2005, under the pseudonym Marçal dos Campos, he started a project in the area of musical production, which he developed in parallel with his activity as an artist. From 2017, he starts to use sound occasionally in some of his pieces and installations.

He participated in the artistic residencies Residency Unlimited, in New York (2017), Résidences à i’Octroi, in Tours (2015) and Memórias Colectivas Singulares – Guimarães Capital Europeia da Cultura 2012, in Guimarães (2012).

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