Nothing to See Here is the emerging Brazilian sculptor Gustavo Barroso's exhibition which presents a novel viewpoint on the coexisting yet conflicting worlds of fantasy and reality, now on view at The KidSuper Gallery until May 31st. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, founded by KidSuper fashion designer Colm Dillane, this is the gallery's first artist and designer to exhibit, serving as a soft glimpse of what's in store for the gallery's full programming, which will be officially launched in the fall of 2023.
Ten brand-new works from his Brooklyn studio, including three chairs, two sculptures, and five paintings from his Purpose Paintings series, are on display at the exhibition. Through his provocative works, professional artist Barroso asks spectators to investigate and appreciate the interaction between these two realms. Talking about his works of art, Gustavo Barroso says: “I’m not so good with words so I make art,” which is very relatable for most of us, especially for aspiring artists.

Barroso's artwork expresses the essence of the human experience through transgression and absurdity. His innovative work with chairs has gained much popularity, but he is not restricted to a particular medium and experiments with various mediums such as product, fashion, and furniture. Barroso's artwork combines bright colors, imaginative designs, and pop culture allusions with commonplace items like chairs, tables, shoes, and bricks to create illustrations of ridiculousness by transforming them which makes it weird but brilliant and unique.

He not only reinvents commonplace items but also reuses and repeats found objects. The result is a thematic language that is naturally joyful and regenerating. Barroso draws in his audience and creates a universe that is both inventive and interesting by recreating and repurposing everyday items.

The artist's exhibition displays imaginative furniture pieces and sculptures made from found objects. The exhibition includes exhibits like Carrots Chaise, Orlando Chair, and Sad Chair that pay tribute to pop culture and iconography. The sculptures, such as Last Week's Laundry (II) and Fast Food & Coffee, are encased in matted cement to symbolise their insignificance. A group of green oil paintings on wood called Purpose Paintings resemble green screens. Based on different TV sizes, the paintings are produced in a variety of dimensions. Barroso wants to inspire people to let their imaginations run wild and escape from the everyday. The paintings are meant to confront the tension that actively prevents possibilities because of restrictions, uncertainty, and responsibility. The paintings, on the other hand, seek to liberate boundaries with possibilities, dispel uncertainty with certainty, and absolve responsibility through amazement.

Colm Dillane's creative practice takes an exciting turn with the release of the Nothing to See Here exhibition. It also highlights the longstanding friendship between Dillane and Barroso. Dilane shares: “Once you participate (in art) you are part of a world, and then it becomes an ever-evolving and growing world that attracts new people and new ideas. It’s like a thriving ecosystem.”
Gustavo Barroso's exhibition Nothing to See Here is now on view at KidSuper Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn until May 31st.
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