Galeria Filomena Soares proudly presents INÊS BOTELHO (Lisboa, 1977) exhibition O ESPAÇO DIZ À MATÉRIA COMO SE MOVER E A MATÉRIA DIZ AO ESPAÇO COMO SE CURVAR. The opening takes place on Thursday, January 23rd at 9.30pm and the exhibition stays on view until March 22nd.Inês Botelho's work considers, through sculpture and drawing, the problematic of space, namely the discussion around basic and universal concepts of physics and geometry, the gravity defying position and movement of bodies (objects), perspective, scale, cardinal points, and time exercised over and by those objects, often creating situations that synthetize the symbiosis between habitable and social space.
The sculptures in the gallery's main room are composed of objects whose surface contains in itself the rotational movement that originated them, having been erected in clay in a pottery wheel. The tangent lines of these surfaces with conic, spherical and cylindrical combination, drawn on the floor and on the wall, define a second rotational movement. The painting on the concavities and convexities of these objects reveals the presence of a liquid volume already evaporated. The position of the objects, as well as their movement and their painting, are not subject to the same gravity force as the exhibition space. This unlikeliness with the actual space revokes the focal question of the artist's work: to unadapt the dogmas of space building a dynamic perception of the real.
Adding to consideration the exhibited drawings, made by dripping paint and subjecting it to the friction of the paper rotating on itself, the artist, while constructing multiple orientations in a single work, disorientates the viewer. By losing the North, we are confronted with other scales, namely that of cosmic space and, by consequence, with the displacement of the subject and the old Copernic question.
(note: the exhibition title is a citation of astrophysicist John Wheeler: "Space tells matter how to move. Matter tells space how to curve.")