The Law of Reflection
The "mirror" is, both an attractive and repulsive object of desire which is linked to the cult/alienation of image. A very sensitive subject at a time when image is a pervasive force in contemporary society.
The moment when children recognize themselves in a mirror for the first time is both the beginning of covert selfawareness and the introduction into the social world in a comparative sense. Therefore, the mirror, both physically and symbolically, is for me the fulcrum of psychological understanding and development.
I have been using the physical material to construct or imitate the mirror to undermine its symbolic connotations, challenging, at the same time, our own self-image. I choose areshiny and reflective materials, as they already seem to have a life.
The several layers of anamorf reflections introduced in the ‘ball sculpture' – reveal an intimate work in the battle of the drawing gesture and the mirroring of analogous images. There the reflections that modify the work the whole time – according to the light and landscape – are processed. I am very inspired by the memories I have and images I have taken in the countryside of São Paulo. I like the Idea of reflections and transparencies.
This work evokes both the private self as well as the public in the gallery space. The work creates multiple reflections of the viewer, making material our assumptions regarding self and social perception.
One can observe that, in a reduced scale, the painted and so distributed balls demand a serial presentation of several variations of the real world's fragments. This “puzzle” instigates the spectator's participation, interaction and penetration since the work builds a visual field that demands from one's regard the exercise of knowledge and imagination. I make form out of material, but I also make material out of form. The work can be considered drawing or sculpture or assemblage or perhaps a combination of all of the above. It us up to the viewer to bring their frames of reference for this.
Artist Bio / CV
GUSTAVO VON HA
Was born in Presidente Prudente City, SP in 1977, he lives and works in Sao Paulo. Education: 2007 Review with SERGIO ROMAGNOLO, SP. 2006 Holography, HOLOGRAPHIC STUDIOS, NYC. 2005 Image Researching with LEDA CATUNDA, Santa Marcelina University, SP. 2004 Production and Edition; Digital Video, DV NEW YORK, NYC 1998-2001 Communications, Advertising and Publicity, UNIVERSITY OF OESTE PAULISTA, SP. Group exhibitions: 2010 10TH LATIN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY ART TODAY, Promo-Arte Gallery, Tokyo. 2008 L´EXPOSITION COLLECTIVE DES ARTISTES DE LA GALERIE SYCOMORE, Sycomore Art Galerie, Paris. 2007 CONTEMPORAINS , Sycomore Art, Paris. 2006 TRANSPARENCIES , Eduardo H. Fernandes Gallery, SP/ SP-ARTE, Galeria Mercedes Viegas, Sao Paulo / MAPA CULTURAL PAULISTA, SP. 2005 LATIN AMERICAN ART TODAY, Promo-Arte Gallery, Tokyo 2004 CONNECTIONS, Cultural Hall Paschoal Carlos Magno, Niterói /GROUP SHOW, MuBE, SP. 2003 PORTO ALEGRE IN FOCUS, Pinacoteca Barão de Santo Ângelo, Instituto de Artes da UFRGS, Porto Alegre / CANON DIGITAL CREATORS CONTEST 2003 , NYC. 2002 NYC SOHO INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION , NYC/ 7 TH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT OF BRAZILIAN ART IN EUROPE, UCCLA, Lisbon/ Casa do Brasil, Madrid/ Canning House Gallery, London. 2000 SAO PAULO CULTURAL PANORAMA, Sao Paulo. 1999 OFFICIAL VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN EXHIBITION BRAZIL 500 YEARS OF ART, SP.
Solo exhibitions: 2008 "MAGIC MIRROR", Galeria Eduardo H Fernandes, São Paulo/ IMAGES REFLECHIES, Galeria Sycomore Art - Paris/ ANEXO, Galeria Laura Marsiaj, Rio de Janeiro/ PRIVATE ADDICTION, Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery @ Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY. 2007 - 2006 DAILY MIRROR (S), Parque das Ruínas Cultural Hall, Rio de Janeiro. 2004 HAPPINESS; NEEDNESS; DESIRE, GaleriaLycra®, SP / BOTTLES AND LETTERS, The Gallery 54, London.