Diogo Pimentão

Component (means), 2018

Paper and Graphite

120 x 22 x 44 cm

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Subverting preconceived attitudes towards the potential of paper, Portuguese artist Diogo Pimentao constructs sculptures that assert the resilience of the medium. Working exclusively with paper and graphite, he produces sculptures of surprising volume; The final forms appearing closer to welded metal than works on paper.  His technique involves shading lengthy strips of paper with graphite, a process which imparts the surface with a metallic sheen. These pieces are then folded and arranged into three-dimensional forms emblematic of minimalist sculpture.

A work of graphite on paper, Component (means) is exemplary of Pimentao’s signature practice. This sculpture is formed from a single strip of paper, which has been folded and formed into a triangular shape. The longest side rests flat against the wall from which the sculpture hangs, affixed to the surface by adhesive tape. Expanding the material components of drawing to a three-dimensional format, Pimentao’s work engages with its space and marks the environment in which it is situated.

the artist

Diogo Pimentão was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1973. Best known for his experimental works on paper, he received his arts education at Ar.Co., Lisbon, Portugal, 1998; Sculpture Seminar, Gotland, Sweden, 1996; and Centro Internacional de Escultura, Pêro Pinheiro, Portugal, 1995.

Using mainly paper and graphite, at times in combination with charcoal, wood and concrete, Diogo Pimentão constructs forms that complicate the categorical boundaries between drawing and sculpture. His works on paper are formed from lengthy strips of the material that have been shaded with graphite; this thoroughly applied mineral imparts the surface with a metallic sheen. These shimmery sheets are then folded and layered to form structures that appear to be composed of welded metal as opposed to pencil and paper. When working with wood, Pimentão employs similarly illusive applications. One such method involves first shaping wood, and then shading its exterior with charcoal; The resulting works appear as though they have been scorched by open flames.

Emulating the aesthetic values of Minimalist sculpture, Diogo Pimentão produces works that are notable for their inventive merging of medium and form. His works do not aim to represent extrinsic concepts, but rather entreat viewers to consider the materiality of their components. However, unlike the Minimalism of the movement’s forebears, in which, as Frank Stella famously noted, “What you see is what you see”, Pimentão's works are deceptive in their apparent simplicity. The culmination of an extensive and labor-intensive process of creation, Pimentão's works complicate this notion of minimalism. By transforming paper and graphite into sculptures that appear composed of iron or steel, Pimentão demonstrates the expansive potential of drawing-based media.

His recent solo shows include exhibitions at Museu Grão Vasco, Viseu, 2016 and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2015. Works by Diogo Pimentão are included in the collections of Fonds National d’art Contemporain, Paris; Pomeranz Collection, Vienna; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the European Central Bank. He currently lives and works in London.

Using mainly paper and graphite, at times in combination with charcoal, wood and concrete, Diogo Pimentao constructs forms that complicate the categorical boundaries between drawing and sculpture.

Diogo Pimentão
on Artuner

Part of the

March 29th, 2018 until
April 24th, 2018
Curated by ARTUNER