(1989) has been recognised as one of the most promising names in Portuguese contemporary art. The basis of his artistic practice is an ongoing research into the ephemeral and decay – ideas he finds present in both the urban landscape and nature itself, created by human unconscious marks and gestures or natural phenomena. In the form of meticulous pieces, the artist has been exploring the intricate complexity of abstract textures and detailed fragments situated in the frontier between abstraction and representation. He has been exhibiting his work in both solo and group exhibitions in a growing number of countries since 2010.
“Less Than Objects” a new solo exhibition by Pedro Matos in Lisbon, Portugal at the Underdogs Gallery
On the face of it, the body of works presented in “Less Than Objects” seems, in all, to explore only the domain of abstraction, but what Pedro Matos shows us here is that this abstraction contains, too, the representation of something. Weaving a skilful reflection based on undervalued elements present in the material reality, of both human and natural origin, that surrounds us, the exploration which the artist undertakes of the interstices between representation and abstraction expresses an intentional articulation between one and the other that seeks to elevate the latter to a status in all equal to that of the former. By recreating and transposing disparaged material elements to a space of aesthetic contemplation, the artist translates the abstract quality of the texture of the random, of imperfection, of decay and mutation, as well as the existing correlations between human action and the effect of nature, into proposals that suggest their sublimation and acceptance.
Working the depuration of these frontier elements, of this formal and conceptual ambiguity present in the reality of the objects he highlights, Pedro Matos seeks to make us focus our gaze on that which frequently, in its original context, is ignored, stressing the singular and ephemeral beauty it contains in itself. “Less Than Objects” is, in this way, an indagation into the nature of elements that are not really complete objects, but also into the intangible issues they contain, into their quality as conduits for ideas or aggregators of content, into, in short, the contemplation of a poetic significance that transcends their physical appearance.
“Art is not what you see but what you make others see”.
The word Art is small three letter word that embodies an open and ever changing definition. The moment you find its definition it already is outdated and surpassed by someone’s practice working today.