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A Smile Is a Sword

Janina McQuoid

BFA Boatos São Paulo, Brazil 10/08/2015 – 11/07/2015

Divided, 2015. Janina McQuoid @BFA

Installation Views. Um sorriso é uma espada @BFA (2) }

Installation Views. Um sorriso é uma espada @BFA (4)

“A smile is a sword”… I wanted someone to tell me what they think of
it, in most cases people ask me, worried: “You think so?”. I do not
know if I think it or not, but I think it doesn’t matter because it’s a bit
of an absurd proposition despite being a statement, idiosyncratic in its
inequivalence.

Janina McQuoid presents for her first solo show a series of works that take over the gallery space creating a familiar but estranging environment. The hand cutted foam takes different shapes, it becomes an hybrid between sculpture and furniture, artwork and object. The exhibition space ceases to be ethereal and becomes functional.

In the attempt to control a material that doesn’t want to be controlled and cut into perfect shapes, the artist turns to words. As Jeremy Bentham did in the XVIII century, she explores the field of neologisms and language. All the perfection that one should expect from the cuts, McQuoid delivers playing with words that express discipline, control and behaviour.

The key is the material, its colour, its shape, its softness. Like something extremely human it needs language to communicate with the viewer, but at the same time its ultimate means of communication isn’t language but materiality, feel and sense.

http://www.boatosfinearts.com/

Courtesy of BFA Boatos, São Paulo

Divided, 2015. Janina McQuoid @BFA

Installation Views. Um sorriso é uma espada @BFA (2)

Installation Views. Um sorriso é uma espada @BFA (4)

“A smile is a sword”… I wanted someone to tell me what they think of
it, in most cases people ask me, worried: “You think so?”. I do not
know if I think it or not, but I think it doesn’t matter because it’s a bit
of an absurd proposition despite being a statement, idiosyncratic in its
inequivalence.

Janina McQuoid presents for her first solo show a series of works that take over the gallery space creating a familiar but estranging environment. The hand cutted foam takes different shapes, it becomes an hybrid between sculpture and furniture, artwork and object. The exhibition space ceases to be ethereal and becomes functional.

In the attempt to control a material that doesn’t want to be controlled and cut into perfect shapes, the artist turns to words. As Jeremy Bentham did in the XVIII century, she explores the field of neologisms and language. All the perfection that one should expect from the cuts, McQuoid delivers playing with words that express discipline, control and behaviour.

The key is the material, its colour, its shape, its softness. Like something extremely human it needs language to communicate with the viewer, but at the same time its ultimate means of communication isn’t language but materiality, feel and sense.

http://www.boatosfinearts.com/

Courtesy of BFA Boatos, São Paulo

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