The opening, of Metamorfose by Brazilian graffiti artist TOZ, was on Saturday and the exhibition seems to have generated quite a lot of media interest. Anyway, I’ll leave you with the curators words on the gallery:
Metamorphosis, process in which something changes its form, a kind of improvement or even evolution, demands a period of resting, contemplation. When Toz named the following Art Exhibition – Metamorphosis –, he definitely wanted to go beyond the night time to daytime changes, from darkness to light and colors. Insomnia and the Joy Seller tell us much more than this. They show us, as well as in Kafka, solitude and searching, but also euphoria and freedom. We need the night to provide the day. We need an intermediate period so we can accomplish the beauty of the transformation, this metamorphosis that happens in the cocoon’s time.
Insomnia was made to tell us about the nights without sleeping, about the creatures that live at night time when everything is dark. Two years later, Toz astonished us with the Joy Seller, the excessive use of colors and the lightness of gas balloons. It was the ideal time to the mutation, so this metamorphosis could lead us to multiple interpretations.
As Rosalind Krauss says, the art fields were amplified. There are no more places to isolated definitions that set the different types of artistic creation. At the walls of the city or at canvas, Toz’s work is easily identified by his strong style, by his vibrant colors. What is behind the paints is definitely what will interest the observer’s sensitive gaze. We can find the souls’ feelings, moments in which every human being undergoes that reflect in his piece of art. Therefore, they are universal. His characters express themselves in a different language, that one that can be noticed by looking at, but it can be really understood only by the inner self of each one.
Toz, as a contemporary artist, supports the investigation, going to extreme limits to express himself. Consequently, he achieves subtly the eternal child that lives inside of us.
Isabel Portella, curator.
WHERE: Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rua Luís de Camões 68, Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
WHEN: From March 15 until May 11. Monday – Friday 11H to 18H, Saturday and Bank Hols 11H to 17H