Casanova is pleased to present “Glorious Spell of Sobriety”, individual project of the Brazilian artist Alice Quaresma.
Presenting the most recent unfolding of her research in image construction, the artist ventures into the creation of NFT and also into the digital use for her photographs interspersed with painting.
In 2021 she participated in the Every Woman Biennal project that took place in different locations in New York and London. Already in its fourth edition, it is the largest biennial of female and non-binary art in the world. On that occasion Alice exhibited her first NFT and was subsequently invited by Tropix to launch the NFT exhibited now.
This work focuses on the idea of the image as a subjective/abstract record, exploring the field of imagination, mixing old techniques such as 35 mm negatives with digital images and geometries created on the computer. The landscape created is a representation of the current moment, where we go through a process of transition and questioning.
Quaresma has always been greatly influenced in his artistic practice by the works of the pioneers of Neoconcretism, Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica.
In a re-reading of the artistic movement that took place in Brazil in the late 1960s, Alice sought to create sensorial and interactive qualities in her works through the use of paint, pencil, tape, and oil stick, creating geometric interventions on authorial photographs, deconstructing the image and bringing characteristics of painting to photography. Now, with the use of digital media the artist inserts visual elements and animation expanding the narrative in the construction of the images.
Glorious Spell of Sobriety
Opening: April 2, 11am-6pm Closing: April 30
Alameda Lorena 1257, casa 4 Jardim Paulista – São Paulo
Tuesday – Friday – 12pm – 7pm Saturday – 11am – 5pm
Was born in Brazil in 1985 and currently lives in New York.
She has been experimenting with materials that allow her photographs to be sensorial and playful, pushing the limits of photography as a descriptive medium. Using images from her personal archive, she reflects on identity and imagination, encouraging playfulness in her images.
Quaresma has participated in exhibitions in institutions around the world, such as Patrick Heide Contemporary Art (London), Sobering Galerie (Paris), Félix Frachon Gallery (Brussels), Sotheby’s Institute (New York), Centro de Cultura Laura Alvim (Rio de Janeiro), Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and A.I.R Gallery (Brooklyn).
He held his first institutional solo exhibition at Caixa Cultural São Paulo in 2018 and released his first book, “Playground,” with French publisher Editions Bessard in 2019. Awards include Photoworks Festive Commission Prize (2021), Aperture Foundation Summer Open Prize (2019), Houston Center for Photography Annual Exhibition Prize (2019), Foam Talent Prize (2014), and PS122 Exhibition Prize (2009).
He has also created special projects for various organizations, such as Gap, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Hermès, Air France, and Red Bull. His work has been published in Exit Magazine (Spain), Foam Magazine (Netherlands), Extra Fotographie in Context (Belgium), Edicola (Italy), IMA (Japan), Serafina (São Paulo), Lens Culture, and Artsy, among others. Quaresma holds a BFA from Central Saint Martins College (London) and an MFA from Pratt Institute (New York).