In his second solo exhibition at Galeria Millan, Paulo Pasta presents eight large-scale oil canvases, all of which were painted between 2011 and 2012, and six small paintings, also oil on canvas. Along with the vernissage, the evening of May 31st is also the release of the book Educação pela pintura, written by the artist and published by Editora WMF Martins Fontes. The book collects all the painter's writings on art and features a preface written by journalist Antonio Gonçalves Filho.
With “O fim da metade é o começo do meio,” visitors can observe an overlap with the exhibition Sobrevisíveis, the artist's solo show which was held at Centro Universitário Maria Antonia in 2011. The works that comprise the current exhibition were motivated to a certain extent by a subject also present in last year's exhibit: an exploration of the indetermination of space as the central theme of his paintings, made possible mainly due to the combination of areas of colors that inscribe themselves inside one another without making clear which is being surrounded and which is doing the surrounding.
Six paintings occupy Galeria Millan's ground-floor exhibition space, while two others fill the mezzanine on their own. Both possess the same dimensions (240 x 300 cm) and the same structural format; the difference between them is created by the colors that fill them: one composed of effusive, daytime luminosity; the other, by introspective, noctural colors.
The canvases on display give us access to matters that are decisive in the painter's work, such as the manner in which structure-- objective and determined-- is indetermined by color, an element whose character walks a tight-rope. The designs of internal spaces which the painter starts with (crosses, beams and girders) are filled in by blocks of colors in a potent but silent clash between rupture and continuity, a permanent production of the moment.