On “Kickflip”, Pedro Calapez summons the sub-culture of urban radical sports, like skateboarding, to analyze the articulation between shape, color and built space, as well as to speculate about the balance among the power of images with the representations of the world.
The show includes painting and sculpture, exhibiting four specifically done works and two others shown for the first time in Lisbon. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog that includes an essay of the commissary and reproductions not only of the shown works but as well studio views, putting Calapez’s practice on a contextual view.
On Calapez’s Framework (excerpt from catalog text by curator Miguel Amado): on the one hand the heraldic and the signifying complexity associated to it; on the other hand, geography and territory, words with a military stamp that evoke issues such as imperialism and the post-colonial view of the world.
Attached to the wall as a floating device, and laid out according to a pre-determined diagram, the works reflect each other both through the patterns that they configure and the chromatic singularity they show, as well as through the theoretical references they convoke. With an interpretational scheme governed by retro design and atmospheres of a utopian nature, along with varied ideological landscapes, these works encapsulate the ties woven by Calapez between his artistic practice and pressing subject matters of today.