Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990
September 15 @ 10:00 am - December 16 @ 5:00 pm
Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990 examines the innovative uses of ordinary commercial copying practices by artists working in Brazil across two politically fraught decades and will introduce Southern California audiences to works and practices that are largely unknown outside Latin America. The works are wide-ranging and often unexpected, including not only photocopies made on standard-size A4 copy paper, but also blueprints, Xerox “films,” performance-based works employing fax machines, as well as images machine-printed on surfaces such as metal and wood. Artists were at first attracted to the low cost and subversive potential of photocopy and other commercial printing, but later artists including Hudinilson Jr. and Mário Ramiro would use photocopiers as tools to document their performances. Eventually, photocopies became a new artistic medium, offering exciting possibilities for performance, film, self-publishing, and even international exchange through mail art strategies. The exhibition features works by more than two dozen artists, including internationally recognized figures such as Paulo Bruscky, León Ferrari, Eduardo Kac, and Letitia Parente.