Forms, Fluids and Fragments

Forms, Fluids and Fragments
Beatriz Sant'Ana

Patricia Carparelli
Conrado Zanotto
Forms, fluids and fragments

20 May – 15 Jun 2019

18 May, 11am–3pm

Kogan Amaro Gallery
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP

The Kogan Amaro Gallery invites Conrado Zanotto and Patricia Carparelli for an exhibition on the mezzanine floor

Curated by Ana Carolina Ralston, the exhibition Forms, Fluids and Fragments presents a dialogue between the works of the two artists

The Kogan Amaro Gallery invites Conrado Zanotto and Patricia Carparelli for an exhibition on the mezzanine floor.

Curated by Ana Carolina Ralston, the exhibition Forms, Fluids and Fragments presents a dialogue between the works of the two artists.

In May, the mezzanine floor at the Kogan Amaro Gallery will host the exhibition “Forms, Fluids and Fragments”, a dialogue between works by artists Patricia Carparelli and Conrado Zanotto. Curated by Ana Carolina Ralston, the exhibition will be on show from May 11 to June 8, with approximately 10 works by the artists.


In Patricia Carparelli’s canvases, colors take on shapes as flows from the unconscious. The viewer can see isolated figures that, when viewed as a whole, reveal different memories and colors that intertwine, connecting the dream universe with reality. Water and time, two of its important starting points, take shape through the fluid, watery hues that are painted directly on to the canvas, without any draft. If they had sound, the São Paulo native’s oil paintings would emit the noise of the sea, which can also refer to a mother’s womb – a space of nurture for human pain, into which the light penetrates in a delicate and solar manner.

“The union between the aquatic universe and the ground – the body floating in the waters, sometimes emerging, sometimes submerged – is one of the sensations that comes through as Carparelli’s starting point to develop her artistic flow when young,” points out the curator. “Her research is focused on the relationship between clinical trials and various forms of therapies – such as art therapy or Carl Jung’s thoughts,” explains Ralston.

Patricia Carparelli’s fluidity involves one of Conrado Zanotto’s striking sculptures, erected in the middle of the exhibition space. Horns, Bones, Phalluses, Orifices, Guts…, are part of the series developed by the artist entitled Empirical, which gathers about 150 pieces made of clay and porcelain. The project began from organic forms, which started to talk to each other, and revealed themselves in imperfect fittings.  Zanotto decided to merge each fragment into one in an assembling experiment inspired by the principle of coexistence, – none of them will become the shape or fit into another and each one will become a unique experiment.

In order to create the main piece, Patricia used about 50 kilograms of raw clay from different places, from the most rustic ones – such as the pink colored clay from Chapada dos Veadeiros (GO) – to porcelain. The pursuit of this variation of materials, the preparation, the crafting each piece, with individual treatment and finishing touches, are exercises that were performed by the artist over the course of 20 months. “The installation is marked by the will to escape from Weight, as if its problematic insertion into the world should begin by excluding the universal law of gravity. This is an escape that water also allows us to feel”, concludes the curator.

Portrait of Patricia Carparelli
Patrícia Carparelli was born in 1980 and lives in São Paulo. She has a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Faculty of Fine Arts of São Paulo (Faculdade de Belas Artes de São Paulo) and has a postgraduate degree in Art Therapy from the Sedes Sapientiae Institute (Instituto Sedes Sapientiae) where she learned techniques that are present in her works. Two of her works were exhibited at the XXXII Salon of Plastic Arts of Arceburgo and which were awarded a small silver and bronze medal. Among his exhibitions are PONTES Arte/Formatto – São Paulo (2017) and 50 Artistas – 2ª edição Arte/Formatto – São Paulo (2016).

Portrait Conrado Zanotto
Conrado Zanotto was born in 1983, in the city of Ourinhos, São Paulo state, and has lived in the capital since 2001. He graduated in Social Communication – Advertising and Marketing with emphasis in Integrated Communication from the School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM – Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing) and specialized in cultural production and entertainment marketing. In 2012, he founded the PONDER70 art gallery, a gallery installed in a house concept where exhibitions, courses and art projects take place. The gallery’s main pillar is that of the democratization of access to artistic productions through the sale of products and the provision of art services, with projects aimed at socio-educational development, such as workshops, classes and special projects. As an artist, he produces sculptures, paintings and murals. His main concept seeks to understand the relationship between the axes of Art, Science and Spirituality inspired by Nature.