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This is a work titled Sistema M by artist Marepe made in 2013. The materials are Ironing boards, irons and plastic, and the dimensions are 64.75 inches by 152 inches by 152 inches.This is a work titled Embutido Sanfona by artist Marepe made in 2013. The materials are wood and metal, and the dimensions are 27.5 inches by 70.8 inches by 27.5 inches.This is a work titled Empilhamento I by artist Marepe made in 2013. The material is plastic, and the dimensions are 70.5 inches by 15.75 inches by 15.75 inches.This is a work titled Empilhamento II by artist Marepe made in 2013. The material is plastic, and the dimensions are 112.5 inches by 28.5 inches by 28.5 inches.This is a work titled Cabeça Ciclica by artist Marepe made in 2012. The materials are Bicycles and wood, and the dimensions are 72.4 inches by 86.2 inches by 24.8 inches.This is a work titled A Coruja by artist Marepe made in 2012. The material is wheelbarrow, and the dimensions are 50 inches by 39.325 inches by 29 inches.This is a work titled Peixe Com Auréola by artist Marepe made in 2012. The materials are bicycle and plywood, and the dimensions are 42.25 inches by 102 inches by 24.875 inches.

Press Release

Marepe
October 25 –
December 21, 2013

For his third solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, Brazilian artist Marepe presents a group of seven sculptures made of common objects and put together with great formal rigor and poetic potential. These works achieve a complex layering of references and meanings addressing the linkage between the individual and society.

 

Marepe's sculptures are made from everyday materials such as plastic buckets and tables, ironing boards, brooms, bicycles, wheelbarrows, and chipboard. Some titles, such as Embutido Sanfona (embedded accordion), are inspired by popular music, others are factual and descriptive, such as Empilhamento (stacking). The work allows for a direct reading, and perhaps more importantly, leads toward a sensory experience; an intimacy of touch and interaction, comparable to the deeply emotional experience and immediacy of listening to music.

 

Duchamp and Neoconcretismo may be part of Marepe's inspiration, but it is the artist's deep concern for the social and for human interaction that drives his art. He combines quotidian objects and materials to form disarmingly simple monuments, some suggesting abstract forms, others depicting figures engaged in dance-like interaction, and in some cases allowing cut-out chipboard to assist in creating specific figures.

 

Many of Marepe's titles refer to Brazilian music or lyrics. Embutido Sanfona for example, can be translated as “built-in concertina,” the slightly smaller version of the accordion which is the lead instrument in Forró, a thrilling and infectious folk-pop music from the North-East of Brazil, the region where Marepe grew up and still lives and works. "Embutido Sanfona" also refers to Marepe's previous wooden models for rooms and trucks and his interest in communal and shared spaces. It is simultaneously a minimalist kinetic sculpture, a model for multi-purpose housing, and a musical celebration.

 

Marepe's work speaks, or rather sings of everyday life and love, celebrating and elevating the specific materials and origins of the work to the universal. The ordinary shines in its simple beauty declaring its liberating and transformative power.

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Press

  • November 6
    2013
    examiner.com
    Marepe's "Necessities" at Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea
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  • November 1
    2013
    Time Out NY
    Review: Marepe
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