Milton Marques

06/08/2008 - 30/08/2008

Galeria Leme is proud to present Brazilian artist Milton Marques’ first solo show.
Milton Marques focuses his work on experiences with digital video and other technological apparatus found in second-hand shops, such as optical elements, step motors, printers, copy machines, scanners, cameras and other mechanisms that are not useful anymore/ no longer useful.

The process of his work technically begins where everything finished. At this point, the artist finds that it’s possible to imagine many new alternatives for those old objects. Like in an asymmetric puzzle, various combinations seem to be possible, but, in the end, the final result appears according to a simple, subtle and spontaneous logic.

Milton Marques’ machines don’t produce elements that create an unreasonable dependence of man on machine. They search for new possibilities that show a more intuitive relationship between them and are determined to maintain an interaction between languages inside a completely experimental dynamic.

For his exhibition at Galeria Leme, Milton Marques will present a diverse range of works of art. “Auto-Reverso” is a video camera that captures abstract images and “Untitled” is a metallic box that measures reality and illusion. Both were realized in 2007. Among the new pieces are a video that shows the flight of a mechanical beetle in the style of a Discovery Channel documentary and a crystal ball onto which black-and-white images are projected, creating a contrast between mysticism and hyper-realism.

Words and images – video projections, magnetic resonance and shadows – always have a special place in Milton Marques’ pieces, which he describes as hybrid and useless beings that hold subtle nuances of the ironic side of living a life surrounded by technology.

Milton Marques was born in Brasília, Brazil, in 1971. He lives and works in Brasília and has participated in many group exhibitions, such as: “Trópicos”, curated by Alfons Hug, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro & Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008); “Contraditório – Panorama da Arte Brasileira”, Sala de Exposiciones Alcalá 31, Madrid (2008); “Trópicos”, curated by Alfons Hug, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília (2007); “Panorama 2007”, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2007); “Tomada”, Galeria Leme, São Paulo (2007); “Geração da Virada”, Instituto Tomie Ohtake , São Paulo (2006); 5ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2005); “Projéteis de Arte Contemporânea”, invited artist, Espaço Brasil, Paris (2005); 26º Bienal de São Paulo, invited artist, São Paulo (2004).