“All the animals”, a work made by Luís Paulo Costa between 2020 and 2021, consists of a series of hundred and a half elements. It will be inaugurated on August 11th, as part of the celebrations of the 13th anniversary of the Côa Museum and will be available until November 19th.
“All Animals are paintings that simultaneously hide and give to see, based on a pictorial territory not alien to issues related to imagination and representation. Painted images of my hands touching each other, in an attempt to produce the silhouette of an animal in the shadow they cast on the wall.” – Luís Paulo Costa.
First, the artist’s hands are photographed, driven more by the intuition of movement and fortitude than by the intention to capture precise figures. Subsequently, they are printed and given color – always in gray derivations.
The artist’s hands are captured as if they’re dancing – touching and touching, overlapping and grasping. Lightly or firmly.
There are no animals here, animals are then a metaphor to speak of drives – about desire, the entanglement of bodies and their temperatures, without recourse to verbal language.