collage and pencil on paper
27,2 x 42 cm
10,7 x 16,5 inch
USD 5.000 (plus tax, if applicable)
In the series of works “Estudo de campo”, Andre Komatsu makes collages using clippings from old Brazilian magazines from the 70s and 80s. They are magazines of various subjects (entertainment, politics, sport, costume) and what the artist does is building next to them structures that can be architectures, or lines; or they can even continue the original image by reconstructing the parts of photography that had been cut off. They are sociologic studies, images from Brazilian life and culture.
André Komatsu was born in São Paulo in 1978, where he currently lives and works.
Komatsu describes his work as the reflex of a series of perceptions he has while going along roads and through urban spaces. The objects and materials that converge to form Komatsu’s artistic universe are, aside from appearances, invitations to social resistance. Starting from fragments, rubble, abandoned objects, the artist carries out a reconstruction in search of new models of existence. The artist also dwells on the relationship between the parts of a structure, on its chances of surviving and on its inevitable transformation over time.
The recurrent use by the artist of fragments, scrap pieces, found materials, and their reuse, expresses a desire to subvert the values conventionally attributed to materials, and, in a broad sense, to the elements of everyday life.
Komatsu deals with themes of regeneration, focussing particularly on the physical redevelopment of urban space as a wider metaphor for “… man, nature or architecture in a continuous process of change”.
His earliest works and performances tend towards a fairly literal interpretation of these interests by, for example, repurposing the “… materials of construction and deconstruction” into platforms for drawing, painting and assemblage. His current production, however, is more complex both spatially and conceptually.
A selection of his most recent solo shows includes “Andrè Komatsu. Ordem Casual” (FuturDome, Milan, 2018) and “White Noise” (Palazzo Pamphilj, Galleria Candido Portinari, Rome, 2015). Among his most recent group shows, “É Tanta Coisa que Não Cabe Aqui”, (56a Venice Biennial, Venice, 2015); “Beyond the Superquare” (Bronx Museum, New York, 2014); “O Abrigo e o Terreno. Arte e Sociedade no Brasil I” (Museu de Arte do Rio [MAR], Rio de Janeiro, 2014).