With two gestures, that of cutting and that of folding, what was once two- dimensional became a pathway into other new dimensions. Time, which itself is beyond three-dimensionality shines through the light that escapes from the cut and reflects the change in luster caused by the fold. Light also changes as we move around the sculpture, as we perceive this connection between the piece, space and time. This complete sensorial sensation guides the viewers’ reactions to Amilcar de Castro’s paintings. There are no brush strokes, but broom sweeps. The lines seem to have been produced with the sound of a hard brush scrapping onto the canvas. These are paintings that allow stains, chaos, in which a gesture reveals the unseen that for many centuries was cast away by the mathematical constriction of space.
It is very likely that the important studies on the Neo-concrete movement that have already been disseminated in Brazil, capture increasing international attention; placing the Brazilian advancement into constructivism within the realms of western art history. Amilcar de Castro works are fundamental for comprehending the greatness of the Neo-concrete project.
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