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Brazilian artist Iran do Espirito Santo has always worked with the theme of how viewers experience art. His latest show, "En Passant," continues his exploration of the subject, even rising to criticize how art is digested — too fast and without any depth, he points out.

Inside Galeria Fortes Vilaça, where "En Passant" is on show, vertical and horizontal shades of gray progress from dark to light on the walls, eventually blending in with the white of the space's walls. The lines, when looked at as an entire piece, are meant to look like a fast-forwarded blur taken from scenes at galleries and art shows like biennals and fairs as artists' works are mounted and dismounted. In the end, it doesn't provide enough time for the works to make any lasting impact.

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Do Espirito Santo's use of gray harkens back to black and white photography, which fits in with his career work as bringing the user to understand art in as much of a simplistic form as possible without the pop and fizzle of distracting bright colors.

En Passant
Through 20 March 2008
Galeria Fortes Vilaça,
Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1500
São Paulo map
Brazil
tel. +55 (11) 3032-7066

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