Pedro Cabrita Reis
Lisboa, Portugal, 1956
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27-03-2024 The work of Pedro Cabrita Reis (Lisbon, °1956) revolves around themes such as housing, living spaces, construction and territory. Drawing inspiration from daily life, he combines commonplace objects such as tables, chairs and doors with industrial materials. Cabrita’s work is crucial for the understanding of the new paradigm in sculpture that has come about since the middle of the 1980s. His complex oeuvre is marked by a highly individualized philosophical and poetic discourse, and encompasses a variety of media. Using simple materials, Pedro Cabrita Reis recycles through constructive processes, almost anonymous memories of primordial gestures and actions that we repeat every day. His works touch on issues of space, architecture and memory, with a suggestive power of association that goes beyond the visual to a metaphorical level. Almost minimalist in its use of beams, aluminium frames, the symbol of modern architecture, verging on Arte Povera in the use of everyday items, Cabrita Reis’s work adds a singular voice to this history of recent art. It also bears the stamp of the Mediterranean and traces of an ancient thought. At the same time the work will take you out of your comfort zone. The exhibitions rather presents itself as a succession of actions, creating a certain specific spatial tension. While he does uses 3D space, Pedro Cabrita Reis is more than just a sculptor. His oeuvre can truly call upon the main categories of art. The fluorescent tubes, one of the artist’s preferred materials, while producing a halo of light, determine a line like the one the pencil draws on a sheet of paper.
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