Adriano Costa

  • Crisis doesn´t matter if you love me, 2012
    Installation view at Múrias Centeno

  • 6 monuments (mão, gala, sahara, human rights, israel, waikiki), 2012
    Towels, aluminium stairs

  • 6 monuments (israel), 2012
    Towels, aluminium stairs | 205,5 x 35,5 x 6,5 cm | Unique edition

  • Uma boa escolha, 2012
    Towels | 39 x 55,5 cm | Unique edition

  • Frango, 2012
    Metric wood tape, tape and flannel | 82,5 x 44,5 cm | Unique edition

  • Abraão, 2012
    Iron and fabric | 200 x 6 cm | Unique edition

  • United, 2012
    Fabric and plastic | 143 x 106 cm | Unique edition

  • O milagre, 2012
    Waxed soccer ball | 20 x 20 x 20 cm | Edition of 3 (from different balls)

  • O futuro, 2012
    Iron, brass and wood | 18 x 44,5 x 13,5 cm | Unique edition

  • Crisis doesn´t matter if you love me, 2012
    Installation view at Múrias Centeno

  • Castelo Branco, 2012
    Bronze and plastic wire | bronze structure: 55 x 25 x 17 cm | wire: 141 cm | Unique edition

  • Castelo Branco (detail), 2012
    Bronze and plastic wire | bronze structure: 55 x 25 x 17 cm | wire: 141 cm | Unique edition

  • Eu me rendo, 2012
    Galeria Múrias Centeno, 2012

  • Ninho de cobra, 2012
    Fabrics found | 7 cm height x 40 cm (diameter) | Unique edition

  • International politics ou a arte de empilhar corpos, 2012
    Bronze, paper, fabric | 70 x 87 x 5 cm | Unique edition

  • Working class hero, 2012
    Iron and bronze | 232 cm x 3 cm (diameter) | Base: 29 cm x 29 cm x 7 milimeters | Edition of 3

  • Working class hero (detail), 2012
    Iron and bronze | 232 cm x 3 cm (diameter) | Base: 29 cm x 29 cm x 7 milimeters | Edition of 3

  • Crisis doesn´t matter if you love me, 2012
    installation view at Múrias Centeno

Galeria Nuno Centeno is pleased to present a solo show of new works by brazilian artist Adriano Costa. This is the first solo presentation by Adriano in Portugal and Europe in a commercial gallery.

Costa’s work is distinguished by the relationship between historicity and materiality, inquiring and establishing about possible relations between identity and urban locality. As you may found transformed objects coming from or around the gallery, the beauty and the vulgarity are revealed side by side. Here we can see the position of the artist regarding to the art market, the mythical aura of the work, and the rawness of the political and international relation, whether as the subject of the current European economic crisis, as well as the “dangerous” – by the artist’s opinion , position occupied by the Brazilian economy and, or, the so-called emerging countries and their euphoric and megalomaniac reflections on their own culture especially in the visual arts.

The use of trivial objects like pieces of cloth, bath towels and common objects like ladders and footballs, displayed side by side with constructed pieces in bronze, trigger key issues such as: notions of value, Aesthetics and Ethics. The nature of the constituent elements of each piece is on the one hand, almost completely revered and respected, and on the other hand arises violently adulterated.

The work of Adriano Costa (Sao Paulo, 1975) has been recently exhibited at Frieze Art Fair by São Paulo art gallery Mendes Wood as part of the “Frame” section. Adriano has been exhibiting regularly in both individual and group shows in places such as: “Plantation”, Galeria Mendes Wood, São Paulo, Brasil 2012; “MYTHOLOGIES”, (Curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli) Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; Centro Cultural São Paulo, 2009; A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, 2012; 17o Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporânea – Sesc VideoBrasil”,(Curated by Solange Farkas) São Paulo, Brasil; Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, 2006; Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo (curated by Erika Verzutti), 2003; “Red Bull House Of Art” Edifício Sampaio Moreira, (Curated by Luisa Duarte) São Paulo, Brasil; and many others.