The work presented in “I have wiped the pen on the paper so often it seems like a drawing” is the result of the New Visions project by the cultural organization BABEL, which annually presents an artist from Macau and whose central objective is to support contemporary artistic creation as well as to produce a critical discourse capable of placing local creation in a national and global context. In “I have wiped the pen on the paper so often it seems like a drawing” Rui Rasquinho explores the possibilities of drawing. In the entrance lobby of the Orient Foundation, several leaflets on xuan paper are presented, a practice that is already known to the local public and which appears here as a prelude to the questions that arise throughout the remaining three galleries.
The show evolves to work with a more complex definition, first through a diversification of the supports, giving the role of xuan instead of wood and other materials used in construction sites, presented in the second gallery of the exhibition. The third and fourth gallery feature drawing machines (one of which was created in collaboration with Rui Farinha) that pose a variety of questions: what is a drawing? what is an image? what is art? what is authorship?
When: August 20–September 22, 2020
Where: Casa Garden, 13 Praça de Luís de Camões, Macau
How much: Free admission
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