27 . 06 — 06 . 09 . 2014
GALERIE AGNÈS MONPLAISIR • 8 BIS RUE JACQUES CALLOT 75006 PARIS • T +33 (0)1 56 81 83 51
© David Atlan
Relays, overlapping, perspectives. Lush in color and symbolic reference, Iuri Sarmento's work invites us to visit the Baroque art, now nurtured by new memories and coated with a touch of pop art. Born in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, the artist, who now lives and works in Salvador, first exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art in Bahia, Brazil, in 1999. After investigating for years and after having gone through many experiences, including the fashion field, he presents his new work.
In his paintings, Iuri practice, almost gradually, the transition from the sensuality of colors and textures to a picture which refers to the history of art, mixed with his personal experiences. In the rich Barroque imagination of his works, the technique of making porcelain, tiles and embroidery are present, some of them stamped with the image of the blue and white tiles of Portuguese Barroque or with pictorial fragments of universal painting icons.
His paintings are true collage. Its Pop-Barroque compositions praise the excess and saturation. He joins the juxtaposition of unlikely colors, a myriad of different textures and details —bright and opaque stripes and balls, flowers and geometric shapes— an exceptional vocabulary of pictorial effects.