Para Onde Vai? Where does it go?
Mixed Media including, Metal leaf, Resin, Oil, Acrylic, Jute
67 x 134 in.
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Para Onde Vai? (Where does it go? in English) is the title of a Diptych comprised of two panels each measuring 170 x 170 CM. This piece is part of a new series of works which find their inspiration in the ‘calcada portuguesa’, a hand laid paving formed from hand cut limestone. The artist became fascinated with this laborious surface, which has a rich history dating back to the 15th Century, when he moved to Brazil in 2015. The artist says ‘ In the first few months when I arrived in Brazil, I would spend many hours walking, in a meditative way. Looking back It seems like I was searching for ground I could feel earthed to in a strange land. I became curious as to the origins of this paving and discovered a rich history surrounding it. I felt drawn to make work using this as a reference; a starting point from which to address questions of impermanence and the process of accepting change.
Hoey employs tactile materials such as gesso, jute and metal leaf to produce multi layered works with highly detailed surfaces. For the artist, materiality acts as conductor between the inner and outer worlds of human experience. The materials employed serve as a code, each has it’s correspondence. For example, the choice of gold leaf is related to ideas of purification and transformation.
Hoey’s practice and choice of materials is informed through direct experience with his environment. Current influence is derived from his time spent in Brazil, where the artist feels immersed in a culture steeped in a history of colonisation, slavery and tribal folklore. Hey find’s the history to be imbedded into the land, the architecture, even the pavements, which have become a focal point in recent works.
Richard is a self-taught artist with a background in design. In 2012, he completed an MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School. Hoey regularly participates in solo and group exhibits including Gruen Galleries, Chicago USA. Zane Bennett Contemporary, Santa Fe USA. The Unit, London UK . Sim Smith Gallery, London UK. He Lives and works between Brazil and the UK.