Nuno Centeno Gallery is pleased to present for the first time in Portugal the Brazil-based catalan artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané with the exhibition “/ ( – ”, which appeals to transit states and deals with notions of corporeality and immateriality.
“/ ( – ” fills completely the gallery space and it is composed by a set of 4 curtains, half industrial and half handmade. The material of the curtains is original from south Catalunya where the artist spent his summers. Widely used there in butcher shops and on the home’s front doors, Kriska aluminum curtains have the ability to be traversable and close quickly after the viewer’s passage, in addition to its characteristic metallic noise. The holes in the curtains invite the viewer to go through them in silence or traverse the curtain making noise.
The curtains divide the space into four sections, and operate both as an independent sculptures and as elements of a larger installation, creating a work that dematerializes in the relationships established between the viewer’s body, its movement through space and the curtains that define its immediate space, making the transit and the transient the material essence of the work.
Steegmann’s work spans various media and oscillates between subtle, poetic but nevertheless raw experimentations. Although mainly conceptually informed, Steegmann work displays a strong concern with the existence and features of concrete objects: Steegmann activates the abstract language as a thought- generating principle and employs unstable meaning and uncorporeal constructions as a way to address issues concerning language, body, material existence and sense production.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Barcelona, 1977) has recently made the solo shows: Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; Duna económica / Maqueta sin calidad, Halfhouse, Barcelona; FOUR WALLS, Mendes Wood, São Paulo; Espaço Cultural Municipal Sérgio Porto, Rio de Janeiro; Equal (cut), Ateliê 397, São Paulo; Fundació La Caixa, Lleida.
His work has been also featured at the grup shows 30a São Paulo Biennial, The Imminence of Poetics, São Paulo; Yemanjá Claus, Diana Stigter galerie, Amsterdam; Pindorama Suit, Rongwrong, Amsterdam; Belvedere, Estrany · De la Mota, Barcelona; Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castelló; Forgotten Bar Project, Galerie im Riegerungsviertel, Berlin; Miragem (Sempre à vista), Mendes Wood, São Paulo.
Upcoming shows include Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid; Museo Experimental el Eco, Mexico DF; Werkleitz 2013, Halle; or Panorama 33, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo.
Besides his artistic practice Daniel Steegmann Mangrané runs the experimental school Universidade de Verão at Capacete, Rio de Janeiro.