ALEX GAMA AT CANNING HOUSE

Canning House, London

25 June 2010 - 26 January 2011

This exhibition represents a selection of works on paper by Alex Gama created between 1983 and 2002.

Alex Gama is an accomplished printmaker or wood engraver who was born in Barra Mansa, Brazil, in 1950 and who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Gama is represented by 34 works in the Collection, a number of which were shown in 2002 at Gallery 32, the exhibition space of the Brazilian Embassy in London.

During the exhibition at Gallery 32, Gama completed a limited edition of prints for the Collection at the London Print Studio. The edition is of a work called Trama XXXIII and it is the wood engraving that opens this exhibition, alongside the cedarwood block, or matriz, that was used in its creation. The edition has nearly sold out but the Collection continues to work with Gama who, as well as donating many of his own works to the Collection, has led us to other outstanding printmakers in Brazil, including Anna Letycia and Rossini Perez.

The current exhibition features some works from the Tramas series, including preparatory sketches, as well as works from the N.Y. (New York) series and some graphite drawings. Most of the works date from between the early 1980s and late 1990s, although the Collection also includes works from the early 2000s. More recently Gama has been working also in photography.

This exhibition coincides with the Southbank Centre’s Festival Brazil (19 June – 15 September 2010) and offers an opportunity to engage with an important medium in Brazil’s visual arts and with an artist who continues and extends the legacy of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement. The Brazilian Neoconcretist group published its manifesto on 22nd March 1959 in the Jornal do Brasil newspaper. It was signed by Amilcar de Castro, Ferreira Gullar, Franz Weissmann, Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape, Reynaldo Jardim and Theon Spanudis.

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