Artist-in-Residence | São Paulo/Brazil 
3 months Artist-in-Residence program with final event
Hillsideout @ Gallery Firma Casa São Paulo
when: 15 July – 15 October 2016
organized and produced by: Gallery Firma Casa in São Paulo, Brazil
production venue: carpenter workshop in Vila Madalena / São Paulo
final exhibition: 20 October – 26 November 2016 at the gallery Firma Casa | Al. Gabriel Monteiro Da Silva, 1487 São Paulo / SP, Brazil
The gallery Firma Casa in São Paulo invited us to produce furniture pieces in Brazil in order to exhibit them in a final event planned for mid October 2016. The Artist-in-Residence program lasts three months which gives us time on one hand to produce the pieces and on the other hand to research artistically the city São Paulo and its historical as well as natural environment.
The variety of Brazilian woods and our visual impressions in form of photography will be a significant part in the local furniture production which takes place in a typical carpenter workshop situated in the young and creative district of Vila Madalena.
entrance of the workshop
the street in front of the workshop
our daily view from the workshop
inside the workshop
red wood – a typical wood in Brazil
our space for working
This is José who hosts us in his carpenter workshop.
all kinds of Amazonian wood, very different in hardness and color in than in Europe
tests with woods
typical Amazonian wood, great color
beautiful wood as well
working on new series
clamps, clamps, clamps!
working on new series
making of a new coffee-table
insertion of acrylic in the wood
close to the workshop there used to be this house
We walk through a beautiful cimitery for going to work.
The place where we love to eat, very good Brazilian kitchen.
Clamps, clamps, clamps…
The simple lines coffee-table is ready for delivery.
Detail of the surface.
photoshooting of first pieces produced during the residence
photoshooting of coloured blooming skyline lamp
A small side-table is coming soon.
Finishing the simple lines side-table
It is done, one more piece is ready.
typical street view in Vila Madalena
In front of our favourite bakery shop…
Preparation of the tiles for a big mosaiced coffee-table
Preparing the tiles and then we just need to pour the resin.
Preparing the frame of the big mosaiced coffee-table
The tiles are fixed after having poured the resin
The Amazonian wood is a tough one but it is worth. The colors are beautiful!
Dust everywhere… we cannot live without our mask.
Drying the wood in the sun… in order to see how it reacts.
technical drawing for up]side[down table
The up]side[down table almost finished.
One of the three architectural references can be found inside the table-top of the up]side[down table
Another architectural reference in San Paulo, always related to modern architectural constructions coming from ancient lost cultures in the Ibirapuera park – the park is a city’s symbol itself
Table top of the up]side[down table
Pictures are printed on transparent film material and are put between Japanese paper and transparent acrylic
possibilities of mask for the cabinet
The most adapted to us seems to be the Walù mask by the Dogon people in West Africa.
View from the first skyscraper of South America: the Martinelli building (1922-1934). It was the tallest building in San Paulo until 1947.
The builder Giuseppe Martinelli had his penthouse on the top.
Mr. Martinelli was immigrant from Italy who became one of the most influential business men in Brazil.
You can find mask and graffiti everywhere in the city.
Sketch for cabinet related to the coffee issue of the city.
Working at the new cabinet “coffee mask”
The cabinet has many frames for images related to the coffee historiy of the city
Mixing the most colourful Amazonian woods we found here
The drawer of the cabinet
The openings feature the form of a stylised mask coming from West Africa, from the Dogon people, called Walù mask. From West Africa came the first slaves to work on the coffee plantations
Images inside the wooden openings refer to places which were important for coffee. Here one of the oldest train station. Immigrants arrived here…
Detail of print in the cabinet… related to the importance of infrastructure for the coffee business.
The images are printed on transparent film material and put between Japanese paper and acrylic
Detail of print in the cabinet… related to Italian immigrants.
You can find coffee beans everywhere… on plantations but also in the city
Detail of the ceiling of the old train station in the city centre
Detail of print in the cabinet… related to the Japanese immigrants.
Detail of print in the cabinet… related to the traveling from Africa and Europe… to the issue of slavery and immigrants.
Inserting the images in the wooden openings
The cabinet almost finished
Drawing for liquid coloured bench.
Preparing to pour resin for the liquid color bench
Colour and resin in reaction create beauiful shades
Working at the bench using cobogó symbols for inserts
Bench feets are made of colourful Amazonian wood and acrylic
The wooden part is almost finished… we need to put oil and wax in order to protect and to emphasize the wooden colours
The star is a clear symbol related to the sky
The liquid color result is related to the sea and the shades of the sky
The bench is almost the last piece we produced during our residence…
That’s how it could look like… trying out possibilities.
A small Brazilian stool from the 50’s is the base for a small mosaiced side-table stool
Our daily view in the workshop with important things like the masks for the wood dusk, Japanese saws and the mosquito catcher
Outside the city there are still many coffee plantations.
Outside the city you can breath…
The former Hospedaria de imigrantes (1887-19789 was transformed into the Museu da Imigracao. Here arrived dreams.
Detail of documents by immigrants.
Trains had a crucial role for the quick economical growing in San Paulo during the 19th and 20th century.
One way of filtering the Brazilian coffee.
Street situation on the market on Sunday.
View on the ocean of buildings… from the Edificio Italia (built from 1956 to 1965)