Texts

The gentle art of tricking

by Paulo Herkenhoff
Rio de Janeiro. November, 2003

A heterogeneous group of Raul Mourão’s works involves our glance with irony. Mourão operates with the subtraction of rules and with gentle ways of transgressing them. The artist destabilizes. Everything is an object for irony, from power to fear. Every work seems to aim to act as a device for the practice of such perversity. In his repertoire, there is a confrontation with juridical order, the law of Physics, structures of behavior, norms and mores, the aesthetical canon, the rules of the games, the fence, the network or the Cubist grid. For transgressing, the artist deals with physical softness, elasticity, the geometry of fear, solid drawings, the culture of survival in Rio de Janeiro’s streets and the politics of form.

Drawings in longa manus

Despite his control of drawing, Mourão made some works that are texts done by a painter..

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Small fractions

by Paulo Venancio Filho
Rio de Janeiro. November, 2003

What we find in this exhibition by Raul Mourão is a sensor constantly on the move through a highly saturated social environment. After capturing a given object or situation and inspecting at length materials, dimensions, forms, locations, etc., the sensor immediately proceeds to a synthetic global grasp of the target and puts it into a sort of plastic restructuring program. The logic applied is elastic, flexible, and ironic, and comprises a set of instructions on current urban visuality. The time is the immediate present. A conspicuous intimacy with the city fixes a fraction an instant, equating it with the contemporary structure of the image. Legibility is a social given; this is the world of pop (or post-pop). The work does not, however, propose to reproduce such a world but to translate it into a concise pattern of presentation. Raul measures the object’s..

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