Exhibitions

José Damasceno: Observation Plan

Images

  • A mural that covers a large wall depicts eleven people and three squares created using orange-brown blow paint.
Installation view, José Damasceno: Observation Plan, MCA Chicago, lobby wall project, Jan 26, 2004–Jan 2, 2005
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
  1. Long A gallery wall is viewed from the perspective of a balcony. On the white walls of the gallery the shapes of standing adults and children are outlined by pencil-length projecting objects. The sepia-colored objects are clustered to create a negative space around the human forms as well as three square forms roughly the height of a refrigerator. The perspective of the gallery wall recedes from left to right, ending about a car's length away from another wall. The black floor of the gallery contrasts with the white walls and the grid-like lights in the ceiling.
Installation view, José Damasceno: Observation Plan, MCA Chicago, lobby wall project, Jan 26, 2004–Jan 2, 2005
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A mural that covers a large wall depicts eleven people and three squares created using orange-brown blow paint.
Installation view, José Damasceno: Observation Plan, MCA Chicago, lobby wall project, Jan 26, 2004–Jan 2, 2005
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

About

Brazilian artist José Damasceno created Observation Plan, a scene depicting several figures looking at artworks, to make viewers aware of themselves looking at art. Using approximately 30,000 yellow no. 2 pencils, Damasceno comments on the idea of drawing by creating an image with objects that would normally be used to draw one.

Observation Plan recalls pointillist paintings in which tiny dots of paint create a picture that is recognizable only from a distance. Damasceno has often used thousands of common objects—such as hammers, chess pieces, string, and erasers—in representations that are, like Observation Plan, hybrids of sculpture and wall drawings. He instills his art with a sense of wonder by transforming the familiar into something new.

This project is curated by Assistant Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

Funding

This exhibition is generously supported by the Exhibition Committee Fund.

Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art.