The Colombian artist based in Germany, Sebastián Garbrecht, proposes to arte_passagem an installation composed of three small paintings in metal, papier-mâché, and canvas called “Apliques”. In a game of camouflage, the works relate to the space as if the showcase were being assembled or transformed. The object-paintings acquire an embodiment similar to the surrounding utilitarian objects such as outlets and switches, dialoguing with their surroundings whose structures of wires and shelves are exposed and integrate the visuality of the shop windows. In his practice as a painter, Garbrecht makes explicit the contradiction between the artist’s “hand” - the texture of the painting, the marks of the brush - versus the neutral and silent manufacture of the work. Not by chance in “Apliques” the work acquires this dubiety through the small piece of painted canvas that protrudes like a tongue from the greyish form of shredded paper that was previously attached in a mould. The object passes almost unnoticed in the giant display case.
Matheus Chiaratti, exhibition text, 2019
Exhibition text by Miguel Mitlag