RUI SANCHES
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Untitled, 2005.
Contrachapado de caoba, tola y tinta. 210 x 102 x 134 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Contrachapado de caoba, tinta y hierro. 125 x 80 x 261 cms.

Solo show at Madrid Fúcares Gallery.
From September 14 to October 22, 2005.

Fúcares Gallery in Madrid presents the first individual exhibition in this city of the Portuguese artist Rui Sanches (Lisbon, 1954), who has already shown his works in his contribution to the latest editions of Arco. The exhibition will consist of five sculptures and nine drawings, all of them made in 2005.

The sculptures are made in tola and mahogany plywood, sometimes employing iron and paint. In them, the artist keeps on exploring the line of work that he has been developing in the last years.

The plywood planks are drawn, cut out and piled, creating three-dimensional shapes that remind of or suggest landscapes, vegetal elements or body parts. On other occasions, figures are parallelepipedons constructed or deconstructed, organised in compositions referring to several kinds of space, creating an ongoing experience made up of diverse spatial perceptions.

Within this compositional framework, the use of paint and iron invites different readings — if, on the one hand, “blank spaces” create silences, moments of “emptiness” in the route of experience, on the other hand the iron elements, generally lineal, prolong the drawing on space, guiding the movement of the body and depicting vectors that have an effect in the organisation of perception.

Figures, still life, landscapes and architecture, are suggested at different moments, leading the viewer to a literal run through the sculptures. The diverse constructive suggestions described above, the different kinds of space, the suggestions created by shapes, and the more or less clear references to former sculptures, reveal an experience where the viewer is invited to go through the different points of view offered by the pieces in order to build his constructions from the entire syntax of all elements used.

The materials used in the drawings are Indian ink, plaster, acrylic and ink on paper. We find in them a combination of more or less fortuitous processes, and others with a more analytical character. Indian ink is automatically applied, leaving certain spaces blank; these areas contrast with others where the prevailing shapes have a geometrical root, which stresses their informalism. The result of these, as well as for sculptures, is a synthesis of several kinds of formal strategies that prove a personal experience of a new “space”.


Untitled, 2004.
Contrachapado de madera. 180 x 77 x 135 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Contrachapado de caoba y hierro. 95 x 63 x 56 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Tinta china y esmalte sobre papel. 100 x 66 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Tinta china y esmalte sobre papel. 100 x 66 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Tinta china y esmalte sobre papel. 100 x 66 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Yeso acrílico y esmalte sobre papel. 103 x 66 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Yeso acrílico y esmalte sobre papel. 103 x 66 cms


Untitled, 2005.
Madera, bronce y tinta. 170 x 70 x 70 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Contrachapado de tola y tinta. 125 x 116 x 116 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Tinta china y esmalte sobre papel. 100 x 66 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Tinta china y esmalte sobre papel. 100 x 66 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Tinta china y esmalte sobre papel. 100 x 66 cms.


Untitled, 2005.
Yeso acrílico y esmalte sobre papel. 103 x 66 cms.