Iran do Espírito Santo, Water Glass 2, 2008
A major site-specific installation and the first ever UK exhibition by one of Brazil's leading artists
Iran do Espirito Santo (b 1963, lives and works Sao Paulo, Brazil) has presented his work at the Venice Biennale (1999 & 2008), the Bienal de Sao Palo (1987) and the Istanbul Biennal (2000) but our exhibition for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2010 will be his first ever in the UK. Iran do Espirito Santo's work combines very large-scale, intricate site-specific wall drawings with beautifully realised sculptures. These sculptures question the nature of things by dignifying the most banal of shapes (lightbulbs, cans, glasses, shirt boxes) with a Lilliputian shift of scale. Santo's personal interpretation of the minimalist aesthetic has been described by The New York Times as "a pure form of visual perception" and by Frieze magazine as a means to "sort out the chaos of everyday experience"
At the centre of this exhibition, conceived exclusively for Ingleby Gallery, is a transformative wall drawing, which will be painstakingly made directly onto the gallery walls over the course of the preceding weeks. Subtle gradations of tone - from white, through grey, to black - create hynpotic repetitions: unsettling the viewer both in the experience of the thing itself and in the self-evident, almost ludicrous scale of its human endeavour. This major new work will be presented alongside photograms, drawings and sculptures.