João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva “Onça Geométrica” at ZERO, Milan
For their 2nd solo show at ZERO… João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva come face to face to a dreaded vendetta.
Hey, hey, what?s that? Do you see it running? Where, where? Can’t you see it? Look, it stopped, don’t make any noise, straight ahead behind the fake palm tree, do you see it now? It looks just like the neighbours’ cat, slightly bigger I would say, don’t you think? Are you sure this is a cat at all, it might be something dangerous… Nonsense, quick, circle it from behind, I’ll open the door and try to scare it off from here, we can’t have animals inside, it’s not hygienic… pussy cat, hey pussy cat, xo, xo, get out of here… GRReeeRRRRRRRRR
This particular incident is related to another artistic achievement from the Portuguese duo, when Paiva and Gusmão had a studio on a 3rd floor apartment they started resenting the constant urge for caressing from their pet Mimi, a grey spotted domestic cat, but instead of kindly showing Mimi the front door leading down to the main staircase of the building, they thought it was smarter to throw her straight out of the window and photograph it (see shot from 2010), an aesthetic accident… that was really shameful, this time around Mimi has allied herself with a fellow kin beast and they are both looking for revenge. No, what was seen at their studio was not the ferocious african relative of Mimi, the leopard, more likely the insidious amazon feline: ONÇA pintada gets GEOMETRICAL bloodstains.
until 14 November 2013
Above – Washing machine with leopard, 2013
Tv ghost, 2013
The third donkey, 2013
The black hole analogy, 2013
Tattoo ending in fish tail, 2013
Light salad, 2013
Spinning croissant, 2013
Onça Geométrica, 2013
João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, “Onça Geométrica” installation view at ZERO, Milan, 2013.
Courtesy: the artists and ZERO. Photo: Filippo Armellin.