Tiago Duarte An Ink Hovers in The Sky That Penetrates the Waters and Darkens Them. Livid Air, Wild Water and a Greatness Unaffordable.”,
Nine Blueback Posters, Freestanding Wood Board Screen, 2021
Commission for Ltd Ink Corporation - Safari of Sorts 2021


Tiago Duarte, “An Ink Hovers in The Sky That Penetrates the Waters and Darkens Them. Livid Air, Wild Water and a Greatness Unaffordable.”,
Nine Blueback Posters, Freestanding Wood Board Screen, 2021

The picture was taken in the Portuguese island of the Azores in the summer of 2020, the artist selected this image after reading the book The Unknown Islands, Notes and Landscapes by Raul Brandão, (Lisbon: Bertrand, 1926). Similarities and dissonances on the authors description of this archipelago and the artist memory of the Scottish land and seascape animate the conceptual and poetical parameters of this piece of work. “... I'm the board fragment that the waves take without destination, always in the same blackness, in the same perpetual and useless movement ... It's not just the threat, the greatness of the night, the sea of voices; it is another worse thing that is affirmed - the tragedy of the universe fleshed out and set naked before my eyes. With all its complications and its genius, its portentous machines, with their ideas and the architecture that they have built and that arrive to the heavens - man, in these moments, feels that he is worth as much as a speck for this immense and black thing, for this incessant agitation. This is worse than relentless; it is worse than threatening: - it doesn’t know us.”

Tiago Duarte Lisbon, 1979

Lives and works between places

Using the limitations inherent to procedural mechanics such as repetition, differentiation and variation, Tiago transgresses notions of automation to create unique pieces. The technical limitations for each artistic “gesture” are the expressive catalysts for the artist practice. The work itself - intrinsically transgressive and erroneous- is a generator of infinite content freed from specific historical, narrative or philosophical parameters. “Data” is collected from direct observation; whilst the objects emerge in a conceptual space atypical and many times ephemeral, outlining the close connections between labour and the poetical.



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