South likes: Armando Andrade Tudela at Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
South likes: Armando Andrade Tudela at Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil
Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
30 August – 18 October, 2014
Text by Michelangelo Corsaro
For his second show at Fortes Vilaça, the Peruvian artist Armando Andrade Tudela elaborates on notions of contemporary nomadism and precarious architecture. The three presented works establish dialogue that engage both with references to Latin American culture and with global modernity. Metades XXL are big pieces of hanging fabric cut and shaped in the form of tunics. Decorated with different patterns on the inside and on the outside, these works create a conceptual intersection very familiar to certain traditional and modern architecture, where the figure of the body is juxtaposed or overlapped with the shape of a shelter. Rama, a bronze-casted branch with a plastic bag containing objects such as cell‐phone manuals, door handles and seashells, is another take on contemporary nomadism. Combining a natural element with a disposable bag, Tudela creates a vision recalling a modern wanderer of the urban jungle. A last series of sculptures, Nos transferimos, plays with a Spanish translation of the online service for sending digital files WeTransfer. What is transferred, in this case, is instead the shape of some of Tudela’s old works. Pouring plaster into boxes containing these pieces, the artist transfers their shapes, including in the new sculptures materials from the packaging that host them, such as cardboard, packing foam, and tape. The three series of works presented by Armando Andrade Tudela in this show, titled Três metades or, in English, Three Halves, add another layer to the artist’s complex practice, exploring his personal view on objects and forms that belong to Southern as well as global constructs.