Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, B21
Multimedia artist Hudinilson Urbano Jr (1957–2013) was one of the pioneers of xerox art in Brazil. The notion of marginality is not simply intellectual commentary for the artist, but derives from his everyday life. Hudinilson Jr’s work explores gender matters and the subjective and political layers of the body among other subjects.
In Hudinilson Urbano Jr’s work, the properties of the artist's body turn into graphic structures – jointly created by the copy machine and the artist. These prints are images of his deconstruction, in which the body is both fragmented and abstract. “Caderno de referência” can be seen as a combined constellation of the artist’s everyday life, using the encyclopedic nature of collage, in order to create a new form of self-portraiture. The diaries work like anchors of traditions within everyday contexts.
These selected works, never shown before, reveal the artist's paradoxical presence: if on the one hand he exists by means of deconstruction of his own body, on the other he lives through the image created by others. The main goal is to show a new approach to his work, raising the notion of a “fragmented body” as a way to subvert the anthropomorphic concept.
Hudinilson Urbano Jr (Born, São Paulo, Brazil, 1957; died São Paulo, 2013) studied at the Fine Arts course at the Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP-SP) from 1975–77. His experiments across drawing, painting, mail-art, graffiti, xerox, performance and urban interventions were realized through the group 3Nós3 (1979–82), founded with Rafael França and Mário Ramiro; the xerox series “Exercício de Me Ver (Exercise for Seeing Myself)” (from 1982); and graffiti and stencil works throughout the 1980s, often collaborating with Alex Vallauri. He curated the first “Arte Xerox Brasil” at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; and participated in the 1st Bienal de Havana (1984); the 18th Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1985); the 3rd Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul (Porto Alegre) (2001); and Obra e Documento – Arte/Ação e 3nós3” at Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP) (2012).