To See or Not to See

It’s all just show. Penalva’s sculpture Petit Verre (Little Glass) is a shadow theater that intentionally dispenses with any contextual dimension. Everything twinkles, tootles and spins in place. The triviality of the images forces the viewer to come up with his own interpretation.

Gallerist Thomas Schulte thinks that this work is a metaphorical representation of João Penalva‘s complete oeuvre. At the age of 62, he is considered to be one of the most important contemporary Portuguese artists. Schulte describes to berlin-artparasites what we don’t see when we look at Penalva’s sculptures. Because that’s really the point…