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OSGEMEOS and Sonia Gomes join Lehmann Maupin
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce its representation of Brazilian artists OSGEMEOS and Sonia Gomes. Lehmann Maupin will present their work for the first time this October at the Frieze Art Fair in London, on view at Booth B13 from October 17 – 20, 2013. OSGEMEOS will have their debut exhibition with Lehmann Maupin, New York in March 2015. Sonia Gomes’s first solo exhibition in the United States will be at Lehmann Maupin, New York in November 2014.
Twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo have been working under the name OSGEMEOS, which means “twins” in Portuguese, since 1987. They credit the explosion of street culture into Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s as a major influence and the starting point for their practice. They have also been influenced by their travels, both within Brazil and internationally, and their visual language reflects their impressions of multi-faceted cultural experiences. In addition, they often recall imagery from their dreams and believe that, as twins, they have a shared dream iconography. Their unique imagery, which includes brightly colored settings with elaborate patterns and yellow-skinned figures, tends to be inspired by their imagination more than any real world events.
Sculptor Sonia Gomes uses fabric to create colorful, multi-layered biomorphic forms and structures. The fabrics are typically found or given to her; their histories create important embedded narratives for the artist and conceptual context for their reworking and presentation. Gomes’s work is profoundly personal and, at times, autobiographical. Born in Caetanópolis, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais credited as the birthplace of the textile industry in Brazil, to a black mother and white father, Gomes often refers to her sculptures as a form of “second skin.” She has described the creative process as cathartic and freeing her from the influence of her background.
About these new artists, Rachel Lehmann says, “David and I have a long history in Brazil, and we’ve represented artist Adriana Varejão since 1996. Expanding Lehmann Maupin’s program to include OSGEMEOS and Sonia Gomes demonstrates our commitment to working with artists from the region and to building stronger ties to contemporary art and artists in Latin America. We are dedicated to introducing and developing young artists and under recognized talent by presenting their work in New York and internationally."
OSGEMEOS (b. 1974, São Paulo, Brazil) have had a major exhibition of their work at the ICA Boston (2012), which included gallery-based works of art and commissions in public spaces in the city of Boston, as well as solo exhibitions in major cultural centers in Brazil. Their work was also included in Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011). They live and work in São Paulo.
Sonia Gomes (b. 1948, Caetanópolis, Brazil) has been included in both solo and group exhibitions at galleries in Brazil and throughout South America. In fall 2013 her work will be included in a major historical exhibition Art & Textiles: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany. She lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.