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Rodrigo Matheus Extra mural exhibition « Le parfait flâneur » at la Biennale de Lyon

"I have neither a specific method nor any favorite materials. I’m just interested in objects in circulation, and the power relationships they involve."

Ropes, hats, stones, tripods, and trumpets. Rodrigo Matheus’ works are metaphorical assemblies combining organic elements and everyday objects. These amusing, poetic "arranged ready-mades" are above all tinged by social symbols. The stacks making up Discourse, Flute, Taxi Driver, Tower and Futuristic Archeology form a colonnade in the middle of the Grande Halle, thus echoing the vocabulary of colonial architecture. While colonisation, architecture and the modernist movement are recurring, obsessive motifs, Rodrigo Matheus’ work more generally concerns the question of representation. By bringing together three light reflectors, Rodrigo Matheus produces the semblance of an eclipse. He seizes on natural phenomena so as to subvert the scale of them, which are as marvellous as they are uncanny.

Rodrigo Matheus was born in 1974 in São Paulo. His work can be found in the collections of the Inhotim Centre in Brumadinho and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.


From 09/09/2015 to 03/10/2015