Da construção da cor à dispersão da luz
22.06 — 10.08.24
Long-play / Triângulos Entrosados

1955
Esmalte sobre Eucatex
45 x 45 cm

Artist: 

Superfície is pleased to present Ancestral Venus, the first solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Celeida Tostes in São Paulo. With text by Pollyana Quintella, the exhibition revisits the important trajectory of the artist who dedicated her life to the dialogue between art and education, expanding the limits in the sculpture field.

Celeida Tostes chose clay as the main material and support for her experiments, distancing herself from the path of her avant-garde colleagues to explore her own artistic language through ceramics. The artist worked on building a pedagogical methodology that guided students towards intuitive research and body awareness. She developed the Fire Arts and Materials Transformation Workshop [Oficina de Artes do Fogo e transformação de materiais] in Parque Lage, where she taught for more than twenty years. Her pedagogical research was consolidated in a project in Morro do Chapéu da Mangueira, in 1980, which aimed to discover matter through making, encouraging students to rescue their own creative languages.

The relevance of her work as an artist opened space for Celeida Tostes to participate in important exhibitions on the national and international scene. In addition to presenting Projeto Gesto Arcaico (1990-91) at the 21st Bienal de São Paulo (1991), the artist was the brazilian representative at the collective exhibition Arquitetura de Terra ou O futuro de uma Tradição Millenar (1981) organized by the Center Georges Pompidou in Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris and which later moved on to other important institutions, such as MAM Rio, MASP and the Calouste Gulbelkian Foundation, in Lisbon. In 1996, shortly after her death, Celeida Tostes was honored at the II Bienal Barro de América, in Caracas.

Her artistic practice mirrors the principles she developed in classroom: with a strong experimental character, Celeida’s production attests to her emancipatory, collective pedagogy, connected to the senses and elements. Concept and material complement each other: the earth and the feminine, as well as the themes related to them — organic matter, fertility, sexuality, motherhood, birth and death — are the guiding threads in the artist’s work, which transforms clay into ceramic bodies. Among the almost 30 works present, the exhibition presents: Venus and Guardians, which allude, respectively, to the feminine and masculine, the uterus and the phallus, gestation and movement; Stamps, an important work that highlights aspects of her production, such as the multiplicity of signatures and the idea of ​​circuit; Amassadinhos, a synthesis work, originated from what the artist called Archaic Gesture [Gesto Arcaico], the reflexive act of closing one’s hand over any material.

With a trajectory that challenges the dynamics of the art world, Celeida Tostes used her artistic work as a tool for social transformation, taking her work beyond individual performance or the construction of the object. Ancestral Venus is scheduled to open on March 23rd, 2024 and will remain on display until May 18th.

Long-play / Triângulos Entrosados

1955
Esmalte sobre Eucatex
45 x 45 cm

Composição vertical I

1953
Óleo sobre tela
45 x 37 cm

Círculos alternados II

1955/1978
Esmalte sobre madeira
60 x 60 cm

Long-play / Triângulos Entrosados

1955
Esmalte sobre Eucatex
45 x 45 cm

Triângulos com movimento espiral

1956
Esmalte sobre Eucatex
60 x 60 cm

Círculos com movimento alternado

1955/1978
Esmalte sobre madeira
60 x 60 cm

Círculos alternados III

1955/1978
Esmalte sobre madeira
60 x 60 cm

Sem título

1956/1973
Têmpera-vinílica sobre tela90 x 80 cm

Sem título

1970
Têmpera-vinílica sobre tela
70 x 70 cm

Retícula Corluz B

1970
Têmpera sobre tela
70 x 70 cm

Sem título

Déc. 1970
Têmpera-vinílica sobre tela
100 x 50 cm

Casulírico [“SJC”]

1975
Têmpera-óleo sobre tela
70 x 70 cm

Corluz 9002

Déc. 1980
Têmpera sobre tela
140 x 150 cm

Corluz 5787

1987
Têmpera-óleo sobre tela
130 x 150 cm

Corluz 6687

1987
Têmpera-óleo sobre tela
130 x 150 cm

Corluz 8913

1989
Têmpera-óleo sobre tela
130 x 150 cm

Corluz 8915

1989
Têmpera sobre tela
117 x 140 cm

Corluz 8925

1989
Têmpera-óleo sobre tela
130 x 150 cm

Corluz 9600

1996
Têmpera sobre tela
130 x 150 cm

Corluz

S/DTêmpera sobre tela
120 x 140 cm