Visual Arts

Viagem ao Meio

— Alexandre Estrela

14.04 — 19.06.10
Galeria Zé dos Bois

Solo exhibition by Alexandre Estrela at Galeria Zé dos Bois

Following the previous investigations developed regarding the exhibitions Solar Radiation and Cosmic Forces and Putting Fear in its Place , Alexandre Estrela reestablishes bases of approximation to the behavior of images and their perception.

The search for the resistance of images to movement, the attribution, and recognition of physical qualities to their representation, the autonomy of images, and perceptual illusions, are taken based on the experimental studies developed by Alexandre Estrela in the atelier, questions now transferred to outer space.

Alexandre Estrela’s individual exhibition VIAGEM AO MEIO is the result of a project carried out over two years of research through several national and international residencies shared with Natxo Checa, with production by Galeria Zé dos Bois.

VIAGEM AO MEIO is composed of a selection of works resulting from the recent research on the idea of ​​the center and its deviations.

Although the project was developed over several creative residences, the present exhibition focuses essentially on two poles: S. Miguel Island in the Azores and Timor.

Alexandre Estrela

Graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon and Master in Plastic Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York, where he attended an artistic residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Projects (2002-2003). He was responsible for the Hi8 video festival that introduced a new generation of artists in the field of multimedia. He has been a video teacher at the Faculty of Arts of Lisbon since 2004. He has been commissioning the programming of the Oporto space in Lisbon, where he has presented works by national and international authors in the field of cinema and experimental video. He is part of a generation of artists / curators who have been exploring the legacy of the conceptual explorations of video in the 1970s, taking advantage of the technological development of that medium. Since the 1990s, he has been working on formal and conceptual issues of video, developing explorations around the mechanical and digital phenomena of perception of sound and image, in an enriching ambivalence between art and science. He is currently developing his doctoral thesis on “the concretism of the moving image”. He has exhibited regularly in Portugal and abroad, with emphasis on Witte de With, Rotterdam (2001), ISCP, New York (2003) Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld (2010), FCG, Lisbon (2001), MNAC- Museu do Chiado, Lisbon (2001 and 2006), Galeria ZDB, Lisbon (2005 and 2010), Culturgest, Porto (2011). He is represented in several public and private collections.

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