Half Out

Gil Heitor Cortesão

Half Out, 2019

Gil Heitor Cortesão aims to keep alive Utopian ideals from modernism, expressed through interior design and architecture. Making painting his principal medium, Cortesão applies a rare technique of painting oil on the back of a Plexiglas sheet. His paintings seduce with the sleekness of their surface, which conceals the texture of the oil paint, and deceives the viewer by resembling some of the key characteristics of photography.

Half Out, 2019, depicts a luxurious private house, the architecture of which echoes neo-modernistic influences. Surrounded by the wilderness of nature, the work becomes another example of the interlocking of nature and architecture, characteristic of Cortesão’s oeuvre, blurring the boundaries between the assumed inside and outside, may it be the inside or outside of architecture, or the inside and outside of the canvas. The origin of the depicted place remains concealed. However, the familiarity of its attributes brings back memory, provoking a desire to remember. We are trapped by illusion, where the idea of representation as something static is put under scrutiny and instead portrayed as a liquid entity. The uncertainty of the event’s nature points to the shift in perception within the present digital age, where established categories such as truth and fiction and reality and artificiality have become obsolete.

The work of Gil Heitor Cortesão is included in the collection of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Fundación Helga de Alvear, Caceres, Spain, Fundación ARCO, Madrid, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, La Coruña, Spain, Museé d’Art Moderne Grand–Duc Jean, Mudam, Luxemburg, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, Museu de Arte Contemporânea Armando Martins, Lisbon, Coleção Fundação de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal, Coleção António Cachola, Elvas, Portugal, Coleção Associação Industrial Portuguesa, Lisbon, EDP–Electricidade de Portugal, Lisbon, Coleção Arquipélago, Azores, Portugal, among other.