Diogo Pimentão

Condition (phase), 2018

Paper and Graphite

215 × 45 × 40 cm

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The practice of drawing and creating works on paper is traditionally preconceived as resulting in images marked on flat surfaces. Portuguese artist Diogo Pimentao’s practice engages drawing and its traditionally associated components, such as graphite and paper, in inventive ways that demonstrate the extensive potential of these media. When a viewer first observes one of Pimentao’s sculptural works, the true material and process is obscured by the signifiers of modernist sculpture. The often large-scale, geometric forms Pimentao constructs appear to be composed of solid metal. However, in actuality these sculptures are works on paper, constructed from sheets that have been shaded in graphite before being meticulously formed into seemingly rigid structures.

Condition (phase) is representative of Pimentao’s signature practice. The sculpture is composed of paper and graphite, yet visually indistinguishable from traditional sculpting materials such as iron. Two vertically situated rectangles rest on a flat base, but subtly tilt until the figures appear to lean against one another. This configuration implies a sense of weight that further misleads the material reality of the sculpture’s components. Constructing paper into forms which suggest heaviness and durability, Diogo Pimentao subverts the expectations of the viewer and the traditional role of the medium.

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
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Part of the

June 1st, 2018 until
June 29th, 2018
Curated by ARTUNER