Orla Barry, Rui Chafes. Five Rings

Orla Barry, Rui Chafes. Five Rings
Temporary exhibition
02/05/2011
- 21/08/2011
Floor: 
-1
Orla Barry, Rui Chafes. Five Rings
Temporary exhibition
02/05/2011
- 21/08/2011
Floor: 
-1
Body: 

The work of Irish artist Orla Barry (1969) has its roots in language and the tension between the visual and the literary. She sees art as a way of giving shape to an image or a vision of reality. She writes poems in prose, fragments of text that consist of philosophical ponderings, thoughts, happenings, biographical facts, elements of a fictional narrative and sound associations. It is this passion for words and sensations that represents the common ground shared with Rui Chafes (1966), a Portuguese artist who translated Novalis into Portuguese, which he constantly cites in the writings that accompany his art. Chafes' work examines the purpose of sculpture. Nothing in his work is fixed, except for the enduring quality of the materials and the solidity of the forms.

Five Rings is a walk through a sequence of “stage sets” that lead us into a space of fictional memory. The exhibition will take place in the darkest rooms in the Museu Coleção Berardo. The more intimate spaces and the total absence of natural light was what attracted Orla Barry and Rui Chafes to this space. In this way they avoid the big, bright exhibition spaces in order to create a space of intimacy and artificial nature.

The artists collaborated in 2001 and this is their second collaboration. You could say this collaboration has been developing over the past ten years. In this way the artists manage to bring together atmospheres which inform, complement and act as paradoxes towards each other in one total work. The visitor can listen to voices speaking about lost memory, memory without images, the memory held by black stones. In another coloured 'stage set' one can experience the pounding voice of the future as she remembers the days before the end. Art is not a natural event, it is the most artificial existence. In this exhibition an artificial cloud articulates it's most intimate secrets.