‘Where the Sorcerer Doesn't Dare to Stick His Nose’ and ‘Another B&W Ghost Show’

6 Sep 2018
20 Oct 2018
Andrew Kreps Gallery
537 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
United States
João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Plato's cave model, 2018, patinated bronze, 38 x 81 x 34 cm. Courtesy: the artists and Andrew Kreps, New York

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Plato's cave model, 2018, patinated bronze, 38 x 81 x 34 cm. Courtesy: the artists and Andrew Kreps, New York

Critic’s Pick:

At the very front of Portuguese artists and collaborators João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva’s two-in-one exhibition, ‘WHERE THE SORCERER DOESN’T DARE TO STICK HIS NOSE’ and ‘Another B&W Ghost Show’ is, perhaps, the most familiar of all the objects presented: Plato’s cave model (2018), a sculptural miniature of the philosopher’s mystical allegory. It’s a good set up for what follows, as we become miniature shadow puppets in Gusmão and Paiva’s immersive and cave-like installation. Within this fabricated dome, several new short 16mm films play on opposing walls, each depicting domestic and biological objects at a de-accelerated framerate: a rope that coils up and then back down, a slow, precise haircut, a green shutter that flaps in front of the lens. Stepping outside the installation, you walk around its scaffolding – and it begins to resemble more of a zoetrope than a cave. Large scale photographs (‘Ghost Show’) depict a different sort of shadow play: a hammer shape-shifts into something soft, a large camera shutter becomes a window. Gusmão and Paiva disrupt both the nature of time and the mechanical natures of image production in this striking exhibition.

-- Shiv Kotecha

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