The Lighthouse, Square Waves Gallery, Ericeira

September - October, 2018

(Exhibition Text_en)

Interception

1. Stop or interrupt the course.

2. Not letting it get to its destination.

3. Cutting.

4. To put obstacles in the middle of. [1]


What is the destination of light? A star radiates all the space around it, and its brightness reaches as far as the eye can see. The light projected by a lighthouse has a very specific destination. Its beam of light may circle the waters brightening with precision but it can also be a point of reference and shelter. However, to what it can reach, the beam crosses the vessel and sees its indefinite projection being cut, interrupted, by the figure that was once only darkness. If we evoke our chance of inquiring, this leads us to think about the light that enlightens us all, the light of the star. Will we be its final destination? Or are we also like the result of an interception that blocks its course allowing us all our existence?

Let us return to the lighthouse, in an attempt not to lose sight of it, and to the specific case of its light. The lighthouse is a fair case of solitude, away from the center of events it was made to be seen. Intercepts, but is not intercepted. However, an interception is not limited to the unilateral projection of an emitter. For, the multiplicity that involves the world produces no results from its constant emission, but only when it intersects itself in touch points, in new tangents that draw new possibilities. The meeting of the work of three artists, so different in their idiosyncrasy, is invested with a common purpose through such touch points. Tangents to their work processes could also be drawn.

This brings us to the realm of art and its role in society. In what way does it intercept the light of reality as we can see it? The projection of a light presupposes a side that is obscure, in a broad sense, its shadow. Is it not this less enlightened "place" a definition of our humanity as well? Moreover, the blurred intersection between the light and the shadow doesn't always create the view that "everybody understands everybody, and everybody appreciates everybody." It only makes itself visible, naked to the eyes of all, so that we can consider its possibility and make use of our curiosity.

Throughout the millennia art always took care of the things we could not see and always dealt with emotions we felt too mysterious to grasp. Artists work in an obscure and indeterminate area and while they strive to seek the beautiful, they bring to light that which would otherwise remain in the dark. Now, to bring to light is the central motto and the spirit that moves the questions here. In the context of this exhibition, bringing to light is the possibility of illuminating the nonexistent, having no clue whether it will cross the light of the lighthouse.

[1] "to intercept", in Dictionary Priberam da Língua Portuguesa [in line], 2008-2013, https://www.priberam.pt/dlpo/interceptar [accessed 23-08-2018].