Galeria Filomena Soares presents a solo exhibition of Rui Chafes (1966, Lisbon, Portugal), entitled Quiet wound of the yes, knife of the no. The opening on March 14th, counted with the presence of the artist and the exhibition will be open to public until June 1st.
«A space, depending on its geometric structure, might be invested by a sacred dimension that would normally be out of sight. A lot harder than filling such a space up, would be to void it, turning inside out. To operate its inversion in order to bring it closer to the "almost nothing", to the "before nothingness". Thinning it, the way Alberto Giacometti desperately wanted to. An austere space, of reduction and asceticism, of stripping and of emptying. We cannot fear emptiness, silence or the wound. The abstract dimension of religion also goes through that same courage.
It's about filling up emptiness with emptiness,- not pretending to do so. Each sculpture is a closed nucleus, retracted, shut to the inside, obscure, concentrated; an empty space of enclosure, a prison locked on itself. Each one is a vacant cell, where light dissolves itself through the narrow openings that define its structure; a concentration of darkness that absorbs both light and space. Its dark crevices are intimate wounds, intimate entrances for the obscurity of the body.
A sculpture, in its retracted formalism and its iconic impersonality, creates a hierarchical and rigid place, a core of reduction, austerity and asceticism, a transcendence through purification, of the maximum poverty close to the essence. Absence of performance; the void inside the void. It is not merely an object, it's also its relation with our body, the scale of the confrontation between it and our own magnitude. Causing us to reflect also on the distance we walk until we reach it, and that, summing up the right amount of courage and confidence, will lead us to the knowledge that "the first thing to die is the eye.»
Lisbon, February 2013