Bruno Cidra, Untitled, 2011, Iron and paper, 190 x 3 x 3 cm
The exhibition "Flecha" by Bruno Cidra is composed of new sculptural and drawing work, proposing a new perspective about the gallery's space. The installation project made for Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos' two rooms generates from a wide reflection and exploration about its space, its limits and architectural values. The autonomous pieces, transferred from the artist's studio, were conceived for the physical coordinates of the gallery, reshaping it by a set of vertical and horizontal cuts. Their purpose is to reorient the spectator/viewer, making him an intervening part of the work, a dialogue where the field operated by the installation is one of force and equilibrium, thus promoting new significations about the place.
The relation between drawing and sculpture presents itself as a decisive element for the apprehension the complete ensemble, highlighting affinities that narrow whichever separates the two disciplinary fields. Paper, a traditional drawing medium, presents itself as a raw material for the sculptural discourse and body. This particular arrangement with iron leads to tensions that cause polarities to arise, between endurance and fragility, heaviness and lightness, perennial and ephemeral. The perception is never total as the iron surfaces gradually make their way to the paper ones, and vice-versa, continuously unveiling and revealing. The galleries space is, by an analogous process, conceived as the paper blank to be intervened, and over which different thicknesses, rhythms and intensities, defined by both paper and iron, erect a formal vocabulary that belongs to drawing. This relationship between sculpture and drawing is thus one of reciprocity and exchange of meaning, within a transposing process from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional, from the illusory to the real, thus confusing surface and apparatus in a common fabric.
The installation is complete with a series of drawings that function as conceptual matrices for the sculptural materialization. Paper, now the surface for drawings of a geographical character, states its way as the developing device to this exhibition's three-dimensional aspects and subjects. By gaining height and scale, the drawings are then translated directly into space, drawing in it, rather than on paper. The sculpture gains its first layout in the drawing surface, in a process similar to the one of architecture: paper as the primary moment of gestation of space, whether it is sculptural or architectural, staging their spatial resolutions, as well as formal or even conceptual readjustments.
Bruno Cidra was born in Lisbon in 1982, where he currently lives and works.
Having graduated in 2007 in Sculpture by the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, he won in 2005 the D. Fernando II Sculpture Award, being as well one of the nominees for the 2009 EDP Novos Artistas Award, at Museu da Electricidade - Fundação EDP.
In 2009 has his first solo show at Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos, Lisbon, 8 Esculturas, having in same year exhibited Contraforte, at Espaço Fábulas, Lisbon.
Bruno Cidra has participated in several group shows, both in Portugal and abroad, from which we highlight: Como proteger-se do Tigre, at the Cerveira Biennial 2011, V.N. Cerveira; A Museum is to Art what a great translator is to a writer, at Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos (2010), Lisbon; Afterthought (2008), curated by Anja Isabel Schneider, at Reims, France; Eurásia, at Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves, Lisbon (2008), and Antes Que a Produção Cesse, in 2007, at Espaço Avenida, Lisbon.