ARTUNER is happy to announce that London-based Portuguese artist Diogo Pimentão had a solo presentation in the beautiful surroundings of the residence of the Portuguese Ambassador in the Embassy of Portugal in Belgravia, London.
His compelling minimalist sculptures elegantly complemented and entered into a dialogue with the richly decorated rooms of the Ambassador's Residence, creating a fertile tension between the old and the new, curves and straight lines, lightness and strength.
Pimentão's thought-provoking practice subverts and innovates the notions of drawing and sculpting. Through the use of vast, strong sheets of paper covered in graphite, the artist fold and bends the thin material to his will, creating surprising sculptural forms. Emanating a simultaneously leathery and metallic sheen these artworks challenge the viewer's perceptions and pre-conceptions on the potentialities of paper and sculpting materials.
In the words of the artist, from a recent interview ARTUNER conducted with him:
These materials represent a leap from thought to something else. Pencil and paper are used in other “genres” mostly as preliminary gestures. But, at some point, I understood there was more to this preliminary “pre-occupation”, and the thought processes involved in it.
My choice of these tools was never about a pondered construct or even a decision though. It was mainly an inclination towards practicality, reduced means. The nature of a real action. From simplicity to alterity. Paper and graphite provided a scale 1/1 reflecting actions and movements rather than representations.
The works exhibited at the Embassy of Portugal span across different bodies work . Through the ARTUNER In Focus online presentation, you can gain deeper understanding of Pimentão's practice, by exploring the artworks, as well as through our articles, interviews and videos.
Photos Courtesy: ARTUNER, Cristina Guerra, Untilthen, and Zak Branicka. Photos by Ludovica Colacino.