Stephen Friedman Gallery presents Brazilian artist Tonico Lemos Auad’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.
Auad is known for creating artworks with an extraordinary deftness of touch and devotion to materiality. The exhibition will take place in both galleries and will include textile constructions, wall reliefs and sculptural installations.
For this presentation, Auad engages with the themes of architecture, the fragility of the human body, and man’s relationship to nature – all of which are re-occurring subjects in his practice. Interested in how craftsmanship is handed down through generations in various cultures, Auad applies traditional craft techniques such as knitting, stonemasonry and woodcarving and produces work from organic materials in stone, linen and wood. Auad’s labor-intensive process is conducted with dexterous attention to detail; the materials’ traditional use is often subverted in order to produce these intricate, playful and dynamic objects. Auad’s training as an architect is evident in the way he approaches his compositions and installations. The resulting works make poetic reference to the complexity and beauty of the urban environment.
On the occasion of the exhibition the first monograph of the artist’s career to date will be launched at the gallery in March 2018.