Opening Night: Os Gemeos’s “A Opera da Lua” at Galeria Fortes Vilaça

by Sasha BogojevPosted on

While most of the world is looking towards Brazil for the FIFA Word Cup, art lovers were anxiously waiting for the 29th of June when Os Gemeos opened their long awaited solo show in their hometown. It’s been five years since the last time Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo exhibited in Sao Paulo, so after showing and painting murals all over the globe, they opened “A Opera da Lua” (The Moon Opera) at Galeria Fortes Vilaça. Staying true to their tendency to create elaborate shows that cover every inch of the gallery space, their installation features about thirty paintings, three sculptures and a video installation covering the floors and walls of the large space.

The main portion of the exhibit can be seen as single, large installation entirely built from colorful panels, doors and found objects, all adjusted to fit the twins’ flavor. With large paintings displayed in a colorful, chaotic cluster gravitating towards the vortex-like wall, this show gives the visitor a chance to have a peek inside what one might imagine resembles the minds of these prolific artists. Created using numerous media, the show is a visual overload of imagination. Os Gemeos’s signature yellow characters, representing the common people of their homeland, can be found everywhere around the gallery. Shown as icons, painted in dream-like settings and in everyday environments, these familiar faces defy the rules of physics and live out the artists’ surrealist dreams. The brothers also created a life-size, photo friendly sculpture for a simple yet effective “Family Portrait” installation.

As a grand finale of this elaborate visual opera, they presented a large sculpture in a darkroom inside the gallery, with a stroboscopic zoetrope installation inside its chest showing a naked character rising or diving into the ground. The nighttime sky scene behind the piece gives it an even stronger dream-like feel, tying together this presentation that both kids and adults can immerse themselves in and enjoy until August 16.

Os Gemeos at the opening reception.

Guests crowd inside the gallery installation.

The line outside the gallery to get in.

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