Marco Pires

REBATIMENTO #3, 2007 | Enamel on glass, wood and acrylic on wall, Variable dimensions

The artistic practice of Marco Pires develops from the construction of work modules around specific fields of representation: maps, landscapes, buildings, constructions. His research establishes a line of thought about what determines our gaze, and about its possible representations, disturbances, lacks or limits. His work process sets free a series of strategies for the adulteration of codes, rules and taxonomy of original documents (maps, photographs, plans), though the use of visual techniques such as overlapping, simplification, or distortion, creating a new typology distinguished by its hybrid character, freedom and autonomy from any correspondence with reality. The series Mapas, constituted as a block of works parallel to the series Rebatimento, focuses on cartography and the idea of map as a method for the representation and interpretation of a specific geographical, social and political landscape. The unified set of paintings of this series folds out into two proposals: the images produced from orthogonal plans, and the images that contain modified original documents. The whole presents a typology of its own based on a dialogue with the accepted methods for the representation of a particular reality. On the other hand, the series Rebatimento is concentrated on the spatial abstraction device, referring to the process that precedes any form of cartography or mapping: descriptive geometry. The nine elements that are presented, half-opened, drawing a common acute angle with the plane of the wall, materialize the resources (projection lines, perspective and axis) of the projection of the represented reality.

Born in Alcobaça, 1977


2001 BA in Fine Arts/Painting Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa


2007 Displacement Maps, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto
2007 Rebatimento, Sala Post-ite, Porto
2007 White Lies, Caroline Pagès Gallery, Lisboa
2006 Magnificare,Sala Post-ite, Porto
2005 Horizon, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto


2007 Cidades Invisíveis: Obras da Colecção da Fundação PLMJ, Faculdade de Arquitectura, Lisboa
2006 Opções & Futuros: Obras da Colecção da Fundação PLMJ, Arte Contempo, Lisboa, e Museu Municipal, Faro
2005 Representações da Ciência na Arte Contemporânea, Museu Nacional da Ciência e da Técnica, Coimbra
2003 50.º Aniversário da Descoberta do ADN, Faculdade de Ciências, Lisboa
2000 Non-Stop Opening, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisboa
1999 Emergências, Fábrica da Pólvora, Oeiras

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