Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel | Galpão presents Shopping Chão, third solo show in Brazil by collaborative duo Simon Evans™, formed by British Simon Evans and North American Sarah Lannan.
12 new works articulate a unique language which unfolds into objects, clothes, flags, rugs and collages made with fragments of paper and images. The use of textual language serves a particular purpose in the pieces by collecting scraps from daily life, from studio work and from cities they visit. Personal and fictional narratives alternate between mapping, listing and taxonomies, and design a complex practice of visual and written freedom.
Shopping Chão, installation which names the exhibition, is inspired by informal street markets from Rio de Janeiro, where the duo has been living for the past three months. This commercial practice – that could be translated as Ground Mall – consists in a piece of fabric laid on the sidewalk displaying objects from various natures, frequently found in the trash, to be resold for cheap. The work is made from a mix of (both manufactured and ready-made) accessories, notebooks, magazines, and pieces of clothing, assembling a kind of personal inventory at the same time it maps the tastes and interests of others.