Sebastião Castelo Lopes was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1994.
I have made BA Drawing at Faculdade de Belas- Artes in Lisbon, and I’m currently studying at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL, MA Drawing.
I ́m interested in what is sensory. My work is a study of what sensory works and what does not work. It is a study of space, shape, material, textures, tones, contrasts, mark-making and structures. While thinking and producing my work, I’m interested to discover what shape could work in a specific space and in what material could that shape work better. So when I’m making my work the pieces are nothing but an attempt to create an object that works for a specific space.
In my recent work, I’m interested in deconstructing the geometric and strict structure with white painted surfaces and organic elements. The visual idea behind them is to create a contrast between surfaces. The works in concrete and on wood reflect this visual research.
Last year I’ve started collaborating with Giulia Cacciuttolo, and this has become a very important part of my work. The collaboration result from a process of planning and thinking the pieces together, and then the actual making of the pieces is done by each artist alone. The idea is to create works that go beyond our specific researches while still maintaining the identities of each artist. Thinking on the relation that the viewer could have with my pieces is something that I have in consideration while constructing the works. The pieces invite the viewer to look, to move around them, to read and to touch.
I consider a crucial point the idea that even being the major concern on my work what is sensory, I do not think that the work fails if the viewer gives it another meaning. The relation that the maker and the viewer have with the work does not have to be the same.
“Art is definitely something. I’m almost sure. Something that I cannot describe nor understand. Something that occurs between the maker, the piece, the space and the viewer. Something that I think I’ll only get near to define it by thinking and making my work. Something mysterious, and I think I cannot demystify it. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.