The title of João Modé’s next exhibition, algumas coisas que estão comigo (Some things that are with me), is in reference to the groups of objects that occur on their own, in actions that take place in time. The artist realized that the objects in his studio group themselves in unusual and independent ways, through diverse actions that occur with the run of time, in daily life, and through this the exhibition reveals the transitory nature of things in the world, be they objects or thoughts.
The Periscópio (Periscope), one of the works in the exhibition, dialogues with João Modé’s first exhibition at A Gentil Carioca, A Cabeça (The Head), in 2007, where Modé led the audience to ‘visit’ the gallery’s attic. Modé proposes that the visitor traverses the space above, the attic, whilst being in the room below. The attic is a place with the same floor plan but in different dimensions, which this time will be shown through a periscope.
Always proposing new relationships in space, João Modé allows us to see the city from the window and cross the space of the ceiling. Modé will connect the two gallery spaces – Rua Gonçalves Ledo 17 and Rua Gonçalves Ledo 11 – with a staircase that leads to the skylight of the building. Going up the stairs, you will be able to see the city in another dimension. Copper wires are used to connect spaces and build the work Galaxy on the 3rd floor of building number 11.
Galaxy is a work of semi-precious stones and copper wires, first shown at A Gentil Carioca in 2014 at ABC Berlin, a platform organized by Berlin galleries to allow galleries from around the world to show artists individual works. The work Galaxy will be shown for the first time in Brazil during this exhibition.
The exhibition also features a dialogue between João Modé and Ana Paula Cohen, who will produce a text especially for the show.