Broadcasts: Paloma Bosquê's Dark Matter
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Blum & Poe Broadcasts presents a focus on the practice of São Paulo-based artist Paloma Bosquê, in conjunction with her exhibition Dark Matter installed at Blum & Poe Tokyo.

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Paloma Bosquê's studio, photo: Ana Pigosso.

Paloma Bosquê creates compositions of various formats and scales that freely associate materials which are not typical of sculpture. Experimenting with the texture, weight and balance of a wide variety of materials—from brass to felt, bronze, coal, gum rosin, bee’s wax, beef casing, craft paper, coffee sieves and wool—she creates extremely delicate visual landscapes.

Dark Matter refers to a form of matter whose existence has been hypothesized since the beginning of the twentieth century but has never been empirically proven. It is thought to consist of elementary particles that hardly ever interact with other known forms of matter and also do not emit light, which makes them exceedingly hard to detect.

Paloma Bosquê, Horse, 2019
Banana tree trunk fiber and light bulbs
7 5/8 x 44 7/8 x 3 1/2 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Plate, 2019
Cotton fiber, beeswax with rosin, encaustic, spray paint, and acrylic paint
22 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 2 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Blind Plates, 2019
Cotton fiber and dental stone
Three parts; 13 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 1 5/8 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Cell Shell, 2019
Cotton fiber, dental stone, and paint
6 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Video by August Blum

São Paulo-based artist Paloma Bosquê shares prose she routinely composes in tandem with producing artwork—texts that for the artist exist as "virtual sculptures," an integral dimension of her practice.

Although the standard Lambda-CDM model of cosmology calculates that these particles constitute twenty-seven percent of the universe, there is little agreement on how to characterize them. Bosquê is interested in how the visible appearance of the world results from such immense, instantaneous and vibrant interactions among elements that are not readily perceptible—countless atoms in constant cycles of attraction, repulsion, fluctuation, and charge-shifting. Interactions occur in the empty spaces within atoms, in areas between one energy level and another.

Paloma Bosquê's studio, photo: Ana Pigosso.
Paloma Bosquê, Plate, 2019
Cotton fiber, dental stone, and natural wool
39 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Claw Bow, 2019
Bronze
30 3/4 x 31 1/8 x 4 3/8 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão

She has been searching for a horizontal approach towards matter as a means to connect this emptiness and enable a reciprocal relationship of transformation and exchange between herself and the material she forms into an artwork. Furthermore, Bosquê considers this approach to be a political position in terms of understanding the human being as a single actor negotiating and interacting with a myriad of other different, sometimes mysterious beings.

Paloma Bosquê, Plate, 2019
Cotton fiber, spray paint, acrylic paint, encaustic, and lead sheet
28 x 20 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Pycnoporus Sanguineus, 2019
Cotton fiber
55 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 2 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão

This exhibition presents a new body of wall and floor pieces, including freestanding compositions that incorporate hanging elements. In the wall-mounted Plates series, images emerge from juxtapositions of matter. Their compositions originate in the fabrication of the structure, which combines galvanized wire mesh with cotton fiber with glue. The torsion, the removal of material, and the overlapping of different layers of vegetal fiber and everything else that compounds the image are at the same time the actual body of the work.

Paloma Bosquê, Black Hole, 2019
Cotton fiber, dental stone, and hand-woven lurex thread
Two parts: Circle: 20 1/8 x 25 1/4 x 1 inches; Thread: 107 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Plate, 2019
Cotton fiber, dental stone, lead sheet, and acrylic paint
22 7/8 x 16 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Pinky Plate, 2019
Cotton fiber, dental stone, and acrylic paint
14 1/8 x 7 7/8 x 1 1/8 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Plate, 2019
Cotton fiber, beeswax with rosin, lead sheet, and acrylic paint
22 7/8 x 16 1/8 x 2 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão

The title of Sea Tube—a wall-mounted tube of dark cotton fiberrefers to a sound effect generated inside of the object due to a combination of its materiality with its form, reproducing the noise of the sea that one hears in shells. For Bosquê, its inner empty space is a potential channel of connection between different spaces and times. Black Sun consists of an irregular black circle hanging over a metallic structure overlaid by a thin tangle of golden lurex threads. The shape of the lurex yarn is dictated by the metal structure over which they are superimposed, imbuing them with a "liquid" appearance. The round form hanging above serves as a center of gravity within the composition, exerting magnetism, as if it were the element that pulls the wires upwards. This work rests in opposition to the “black hole" where the structure of greatest gravitational force is on the ground bringing down the lurex wires.

Paloma Bosquê, Sea Tube, 2019
Cotton fiber
5 7/8 x 26 x 7 1/8 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão
Paloma Bosquê, Black Sun, 2019
Cotton fiber, iron, and hand-woven lurex thread
Stand: 31 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 9 inches; Circle: 15 x 13 x 3/4 inches; Thread: 107 7/8 x 22 1/2 inches
Photo: Bruno Leão

Through her practice of exploring and cultivating interchange between herself and the materials she composes into final forms, Bosquê’s work results from what she calls “an agreement which could transform both of us, and the space surrounding us.”

Paloma Bosquê in her studio, photo: Ana Pigosso.
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