In Invisibilidade, presented at Galeria Leme (São Paulo, Brazil) from November 17th to December 19th, 2009, Fragateiro showed sculptures made of polished stainless steel and aluminium that explore the boundaries between art and architecture. The forms and reflective surfaces of the sculptures establish a strong dialogue with the space and the light of the gallery, dealing simultaneously with presence and invisibility. The stainless steel and aluminium, widely used in working tools of everyday use, shown as fully polished and mirrored, remind us of the non-utilitarian nature of sculpture.
Among the presented works was Expectativa de uma paisagem de acontecimentos #4 / Expectations of a landscape of events # 4 , a mesh of rectangular modules of polished aluminum, connected to each other forming a large grid. The first piece of this series was made in modules of wood, the second in cork, both materials provide extensible and retractable surfaces. The use of aluminum left the structure more rigid, creating sort of a carpet on the floor. The title refers to the possibility of change of the work. All articulable, the sculpture allows the viewer to see different landscapes.
Fernanda Fragateiro also showed a work of the series Não ler/ Do not read. A sculpture made from cut out books and stainless steel. The books were found by the artist, a collection that caught her attention for the quality of its titles. In this work the artist does not draw, but reveals, through the action of cutting, a pre-existing drawing. To Fernanda Fragateiro books are made for reading, but they contain something extra and depends on our ability to see or not, this idea is reinforced by the negation in the title.
Courtesy of Galeria Elba Benítez