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“CIRCUMSCRIPTIO, COMPOSITIO, RECEPTIO LUMINUM” at BFA Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo

BFA Boatos Fine Arts is pleased to present “Circumscriptio, Compositio, Receptio Luminum”, a group show with works by Adam Gordon, Sofia Leiby, Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Orion Martin and Thomaz Lima Rosa.

The show is inspired by the second book of Leon Battista Alberti’s De Pictura. His reflections serve as the starting point of a discussion about contemporary painting through the work of five young artists, who approach the canvas in very different ways.

“I recommend that he who is devoted to painting should learn this art. The first great care of one who seeks to obtain eminence in painting is to acquire the fame and renown of the ancients. It is useful to remember that avarice is always the enemy of virtue. Rarely can anyone given to acquisition of wealth acquire renown. I have seen many in the first flower of learning suddenly sink to money-making. As a result they acquire neither riches nor praise. However, if they had increased their talent with study, they would have easily soared into great renown. Then they would have acquired much richness and pleasure.

Enough has been said of this up to here. Let us return to our subject. Painting is divided into three parts; these divisions we have taken from nature.

Since painting strives to represent things seen, let us note in what way things are seen. First, in seeing a thing, we say it occupies a place. Here the painter, in describing this space, will say this, his guiding an outline with a line, is circumscription.

Then, looking at it again, we understand that several planes of the observed body belong together, and here the painter drawing them in their places will say that he is making a composition.

Finally, we determine more clearly the colours and qualities of the planes. Since every difference in them is born from light, we can properly call their representation the reception of light.”

—Leon Battista Alberti, De Pictura, 1540

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at BFA Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo
until 20 August 2016

Sofia Leiby, Read-A-Mat#9 + Torrance Figures, 2016

Thomaz Lima Rosa, Dream River, 2015

Adam Gordon, Untitled, 2016

Orion Martin, Peppered tinsel tale, 2016

Sofia Leiby, Untitled (After JW), 2016

Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Jungle, 2016

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“CIRCUMSCRIPTIO, COMPOSITIO, RECEPTIO LUMINUM” installation views at BFA Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo, 2016

Courtesy: BFA Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo.

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