DEVIATIONS AND MISPLACEMENTS 2
Collective of Outsider Art
Cruzes Canhoto presents this summer the second edition of “Deviations and Misplacements”, a large collective exhibition of outsider/singular/raw art.
Shown here is the work of 11 artists with extraordinary intuitive skills, expressing themselves from their unique mental universes, with no commercial pretensions or celebrity ambitions.
Idalécio, João Alves, Sátrapa, Serafim, Martinho, ZMB, João Fróis, Clara Probanza, Joaquim Pires, Daniel Gonçalves, Gonzalo Diaz Riquelme
Deviations and Misplacements 2
17 July > 15 September 2019 + A Few More Days
Galeria Cruzes Canhoto, Rua Miguel Bombarda, 452, Porto
Pedro Soares / Cruzes Canhoto
Pedro Soares / Tiago Coen / Cruzes Canhoto
Idalécio (b.1952) is a portuguese self-taught artist from a small village in Aveiro district.
He started creating spontaneously in the country house where he grew up as an orphan, having no artistic pretensions or interest in revealing the collection he has been accumulating throughout his entire life.
In April 2016, after multiple encounters and conversations, the exhibition “D’Idalécio… Todos Temos Um Pouco” opened at last at the gallery Cruzes Canhoto, in Porto, and his outsider sculptures and paintings could be shown in public for the first time. Still, despite having sold more than 300 art pieces during this operation, Idalécio intended to remain anonymous and continued in the factory where he has always worked, creating only in his spare time. It was not until September 2017, at his second exhibition in Cruzes Canhoto, “Metalúrgico Sexagenário”, that he agreed to reveal himself to the public and to the press.
Pop and populist, surreal and tropicalist, Idalécio is so strongly inspired by the Portuguese folk art as is by some of the expressions of African tribal art, of which he is also a collector. His presence in the interior of Mozambique in the late 1970s serving during the war could be at the basis of this artistic influence.
If at the beginning of his creative activity some stylistic inconsistencies are evident, in the more recent production is perceived a greater cohesion of styles, forms and themes, the result of a successful evolutionary process towards a unique and personal language.
Other works by Idalécio can be seen at:
Exhibition “Idalécio: Metalúrgico Sexagenário”
Exhibition “D’Idalécio, Todos Temos Um Pouco”
Exhibition “Vade Retro”
Sátrapa appears at the end of 2013 as an alter ego that arises from a combination of factors involving a particularly severe winter and a personal existential crisis linked to a global social crisis. By that time, a rare phenomenon, both physical and metaphysical, occurred, similar to a collision of atoms, causing the release of a significant amount of energy that generated a fever of artistic expression.
In the midst of his creative fervor, in 2014, Sátrapa founds the Factoría de Androides, a space where robots begin to appear spontaneously, creating themselves, without the concrete support of an artist.
What started out as an exercise of alienation, fiction and fantasy, quickly evolved into something larger, uncontrollable, where the androids created by Sátrapa end up hijacking their fictional lives and become responsible for their own actions.
Other works by Sátrapa can be seen at:
Exhibition: “Factoría de Androides”
Exhibition: “Factoría de Androides II: Mars Strikes Back”
João Alves (b. 1983, Porto), an absolutely unique artist who denies his academic training in painting, preferring to give rise to his creative multidisciplinarity mainly in the underground art scene, under multiple pseudonyms of which the best known will be the Selva – anagram of Alves.
Throughout 2018 he exhibits in the most diverse spaces, among them the Zé dos Bois gallery in Lisbon and the Cruzes Canhoto gallery in Porto, where he presented the exhibition “Wheel of Fortune”, with great success.
Serafim is an extreme case of singularity. Nothing in his relationship with the world, including his artistic expression, obeys the expected procedures and predetermined conventions. Since ever, only the different is not indifferent to him.
Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, he found in the arts a medium where his skills were highlighted, while in all other spaces it were the inadequacies that were emphasized.
His extraordinary qualities lead him to create unusual and surprising associations of forms and colors, not always comprehensible to those who are short-sighted and narrow-minded, but extremely exciting for all those who have awakened senses and an open mind.
Born in Fânzeres, Porto, in 1983, he is an artist with a non-rational expression, always moved by the unconscious in his creations.
Martinho (b.1970, João Pedro Coutinho) lives in Ovar, where he teaches visual and technological education.
Restless by nature, he soon found comfort for his mental unquietness through his artistic expression. He makes art as therapy, creating in a compulsive and visceral way. Both his paintings and his sculptural objects are marked by an apparent chaotic dissonance that makes perfect sense in the artist’s psychic universe.
He shows his works outside of Ovar for the first time, in this exhibition at Cruzes Canhoto.
ZMB (abbreviation for zombie) is a pseudonym of Rui Lourenço, a self-taught artist born in Porto in 1973. He felt the appeal of plastic arts early in his life, but eventually entered the Electronic Engineering course. Especially gifted, he had barely finished the course, when he was admitted as a trainee in a company in the Republic of Ireland, staying there for almost two years until a traumatic event in his personal life led him to return to Portugal.
His artistic expression emerged full-time in the early 2000s as a therapy for the mental disorganization that he went through in this phase of his life, due to serious health problems and lack of valid job opportunities.
With cults and tastes deeply out of tune with the dominant taste, ended up closing in on himself, starting to attend some ateliers of artherapy and exhibiting his works in alternative places of the city of Porto, such as Espaço T, Casa da Horta and A Cadeira de Van Gogh. Parallel to the painting activity, he dedicates himself to writing books and composing music, all involved in a non-conscious process of surrealist expression.
In 2016, he joined the close circle of Cruzes Canhoto gallery’s artists.
Born in 1949 in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), João Fróis came from an Alentejo family based in Mozambique for three generations. In the former Portuguese colony, where he remained until 2001, he did a little of everything, giving meaning to his nonaligned, dilettante and adventurous personality. Among other activities, he was a military man, a journalist, a basketball coach, live model and a flight attendant for the Mozambique Airlines. During his free time, he drew and painted, taking advantage of the close relationship he maintained in the local bohemian and artistic scene, which included Malangatana and Chichorro.
He currently lives in Ponte de Lima, completely out of the system, in a kind of isolation that allows him to take his days as he likes, free and detached from material questions.
Self-taught, he makes art as a result of a singular unconscious process of self-therapy, not a regular activity of creative expression with the conscious purpose of showing and sharing one’s result.
Born in 1959 in the Basque Country, Clara Probanza began to shape the material of her dreams after a serious illness had transformed her life and forced her to spend most of her time lying on a sofa.
In order to ease the pain she felt, in 2008, in the company of her sister illustrator, she began to forge what they both called “couch art” and to build a small world of extraordinary strange beings.
The fantastic and colorful universe that populated his mind gained, then, form on paper, through drawings that express the infinite possibilities that the world offers us. In them we can find one-armed characters, heads with a thousand eyes or men with bird legs – abysmal but fun beings who give us life lessons, from a couch in the Basque Country.
Daniel Gonçalves is a self-taught draughtsman and painter from Porto (b.1977) with a deep genuine creative streak. This gift, combined with a hyperactive personality, led him from an early age to understand the world and to relate to it through his artistic expression, having participated in the last decade in multiple collective exhibitions held in Porto.
In the course of his experimentations searching for a personal style, regardless of the multiplicity of techniques, he has always revealed a particular attention for the games of shapes and colors.
Other works by Daniel Gonçalves can be seen at:
Exhibition: “2:22 Drawings by Daniel Gonçalves”
Born in 1952, he dedicated four decades of his life to cod fishing, before taking up his time with his unusual artistic creations.
Self-taught, with a naïf style, he recovers material from the trash that transforms into beings or objects of bizarre aspect. In most situations, it is the original forms of the materials that he collects that suggest the idea for each of the sculptures he creates.
In the studio house, in Viana do Castelo, where he lives and works, there is no space left to accommodate all the pieces created, so he uses them as adornment of the whole surrounding area, including the garden and roof of the house.
GONZALO DIAZ RIQUELME
Born in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1969, Gonzalo Diaz Riquelme soon began to reveal an exceptional aptitude for artistic expression. After some exhibitions in South America, he moves to Barcelona, where he now lives and works. Keeping his self-taught artist posture intact, he is part of an emerging stream of South American artists who take a fresh look at art.
In the case of Gonzalo, the approach is usually based on the collection of recognizable objects from the everyday life of the major urban centers, and later recomposing them into new, more or less pop-recyclable, objects that transport us to surreal, evocative and incantatory parallel worlds.
In the project of the electricity meters presented here, the artist transformed each of the old boxes into a micro light installation containing old photographs, music boxes and other curious objects in disuse, playing with transparencies and illusions of magical charm.
According to the artist, the idea is to arouse in the observer a temporal disconnect from reality, leading us on an imaginary journey of dreams and memories.