um dois três

Bruno Pacheco

um dois três, 2021

The politics of painting is the foundation of Pacheco’s practice, making painting the principal medium in which Pacheco’s works are conceived and his primary subject. His practice rethinks traditional modes of display, perception, and subject construction.

Um dois trés, 2021, like many of Pacheco’s works, is a loose appropriation of a reference from the history of painting, examining how the painterly gesture, the color pallet, composition, or fragmentation influences the construction of narrative and how images are depicted and perceived through time. Three female torsos have been abstracted from their initial context. Any sense of a distinctive feature or sense of individuality traditionally associated with the head and the face has been removed. They might be mythological figures, marble statues, as well as plastic mannequins – inanimate objects, supports structures. Their movement, enhanced by the dynamic, painterly gesture, points to the act of conceptual and physical movement, inside, as well as outside of the canvas, where the meaning, the reading, and the interpretation of a painting is in constant flux, pointing thus to paintings impermanence, and a wide web od dependencies with its external world.

Bruno Pacheco is based between London and Lisbon. His work has been exhibited at the 31st São Paulo Biennial, Sharjah Biennial, Culturgest (Lisbon), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto), Whitechapel Gallery (London) among other. His work is part of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – CAM (Lisbon), Fundação de Serralves (Porto), Kadist Art Fioundation (Paris), The UBS Art Collection (London), Van Abbe Museum (Eidenhoven), Sharjan Arts Foundation collection and the MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago collection, among other.