Magazine article Artforum International

Goncalo Sena: Galeria Quadrado Azul

Magazine article Artforum International

Goncalo Sena: Galeria Quadrado Azul

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Goncalo Sena

GALERIA QUADRADO AZUL

The work of Berlin-based Portuguese artist Goncalo Sena oscillates between the perceived borders of sculpture, architecture, installation, and object-based practice: gray areas that create a fertile field for the interplay of colliding matter and crashing form. With a strong architectural sensibility, Sena erects what can best be described as a conceptual ecosystem, within which his works are brought to life and act out their material characteristics. This long-awaited solo exhibition at Galeria Quadrado Azul created such an environment, uniting a wide array of seemingly distinct works, which after closer inspection revealed a shared and immersive world of their own, frequently touching on the space between the natural and the artificial.

Constructed as a series of small scenarios, compositions, conversation pieces, and sculptures involving a range of materials, "Walls and Torsos" introduced new works while echoing some of the artist's older pieces. The show might at first have evoked the sensation of a mini-retrospective, but the manner in which the works were installed--as if in dialogue with one another--actually encouraged a revised viewing of the artist's past and present production, both unifying the thematic ambience and emphasizing the tension between the materials. Scattered cuttlefish bones in the main gallery space, for example, connected Lingua de areia (Sandbank) 2017--a suspended, salmon-colored, painted metal sculpture--with surrounding works, from framed drawings of concrete and india ink on the adjacent walls to a readymade stack of irregularly painted white garden chairs positioned at the center of the space. …

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