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Somebody’s Address

Arte Institute suggests “Somebody’s Address” by Sara Bichão, at Rooster Gallery.
Sara Bichão: Somebody's Address
Exhibiting from September 7 – October 12
Opening reception: Sunday, September 7, 6–9pm
Rooster Gallery, 190 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, NYC
This recent body of work is a route to the artist’s internal state that searches for physicality in order to express itself in the world, in a constant positioning attempt, originating in a time and a space fueled by memories. The title of the show appeals to the viewer’s perspective who is stimulated towards an attitude of discovery and identification. One will be able to recognize himself in the works due to the everyday matter, despite the artist’s developed personal universe which withdraws from any prevailing logic.
In her first solo exhibition at Rooster Gallery in 2012 – “Open Gates” – Bichão presented concrete blocks covered with painting and drawing. In “Somebody’s Address,” the artist retains some of the essential and geometric symbolism that characterizes her work yet makes a clear departure from it. Bichão now presents fragile constructions by coupling handpicked objects that bear a personal meaning with found materials, sometimes of an industrial nature. Color provides feeling and rhythm to the works via characteristic chromatic combinations suggesting a fanciful primary tension, thus acquiring a life of its own. The line is another recurrent theme in these new works, organizing the rhythm and marking the limits of the works in space.
The artist rebuilds the objects that she uses as open supports on which she gradually draws the particular metabolism that she recognizes on them.
 “Somebody’s Address” gathers a group of elements which are now redirected by their own nature as leads to the world.
Sara Bichão (b. 1986) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, and is represented in exclusivety in New York by Rooster Gallery. In 2011, she completed a Master in Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon and in 2012 she was an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited, New York. Considered one of the most promising artists of her generation in Portugal, Bichão won the BPI Bank Prize for Painting and was awarded the prestigious Fidelidade Mundial Jovens Pintores Prize. Recent exhibitions include: Soundless Harmonies, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Eccentric Exercise, Les Gens Heureux, Copenhagen, How to Hold That, Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon, One Thing After Another, Quadrum Gallery, Lisbon, Open Gates, Rooster Gallery, New York, Concrete Mirrors, Krypt Gallery, London, Six Apart, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Extending the Line, Arevalo Gallery, Miami, Aduana, Natural History Museum, Lisbon, O Espaço Em Paralaxe, Astronomical Observatory, Lisbon, D’aprés Nuno Gonçalves, Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon and “Anteciparte’09”, Oriente Museum, Lisbon. Works by Bichão are included in the public collections of Culturgest-Fidelidade Mundial, Telo de Morais Collection, MidFirst Bank, 
Twins Design, Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection and ECO Collection.