Diogo Pimentão

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Year 2021
Medium Graphite on photo print
Dimensions 28.7 x 20.9 cm

About the work

Initially this was a photograph from a larger work. Over that image there is now a drawing that activates a new work, transfiguring the initial image into something else. There is a sense of recycling, of change, and transformation. A previous intention becomes something else, a multiple becomes a drawing that multiplies possibilities – open possibilities ‘written in stone’.

About the artist:

Born 1973 Lisbon, Diogo Pimentão lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art, Ar.Co at Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual, Lisbon (1995); and Advanced Course Drawing, Ar.Co at Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual, Lisbon (1998).

Pimentão is best known for his experimental works on paper but also works with video and performance, a combination of mediums all orbiting around a very personal notion of drawing. The categorical boundaries between drawing, performance, installation, sculpture, photography and language are stretched and complicated in his practice. His works do not aim to represent extrinsic concepts, but rather entreat viewers to consider the materiality of their components. However, unlike the Minimalism of the movement’s forebears, in which, as Frank Stella famously noted, “What you see is what you see”, Pimentão’s works are deceptive in their apparent simplicity.

His work is held in public and private collections including Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris; Pomeranz Collection, Vienna; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Berriedale; Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Serralves Foundation, Porto; and European Central Bank, Berlin.

Selected exhibitions include Dessiner à rebours, Monographic Exhibition, FRAC Rouen, Normandie (2020); Loud Whisper, Solo Show, Gallery Rocio Santa Cruz, Barcelona (2019); Drawing Body, Solo Show, Cristina Guerra Gallery, Lisbon (2019); Drawing Positions, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos CAB, Burgos (2019); Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2019); Spatial Flux, JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Colorado (2018); (pre)Textos, Foundation Otazu, Navarra (2018); Private Choices, Centrale For Contemporary Art, Bruxelles (2018); Quote/ Unquote Entre apropriação e Diálogo, MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon (2017); New Acquisitions, Serralves Foundation, Porto (2016); Papier XL, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2016); Disequilibrium Displacement, IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2015); Pliage/Fold, Gagosian Gallery, Paris (2014); Oblique Gravity, Solo Show, Yvon Lambert, Paris (2013); and Infinite Fold, Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2010).

Awards include fellowships at Aide individuelle à la création, DRAC Ile-de-France, Paris (2010); and Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2003 and 2016).

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