2015 | Museu Municipal de Faro | curated by Andreia César
In the SAL exhibition, Henrique Vieira Ribeiro presents us with a body of work that align both the artistic quality as well the deeper layer of meaning on which so often it´s production rise.
In the first instance, highlights the enchantment of the natural world, where captive, the artist’s gaze takes for himself the transformation, the ripple and the correlation between the elements. The enunciation of natural phenomena such as chemical reactions of the salt against the different types of soil, opens doors to the universe of the great dichotomies and also the universal symbols for the Sacred.
Suspicion of the divine – is evidenced here the strait between religion and art that is based on that power of human creative act. As suggested by Ernst Cassirer they seem “variations on the same theme” dawns that perhaps a rapture of a particular fervour of the soul and the senses, of an overshoot or extrapolation of itself, an untranslatable feeling of something like faith.
In “Salt of the Earth and Light of the World” [Matthew 5] – we face more than biblical references, we are faced with images of human idiosyncrasy and ambition, the poetic and imaginary relationships we found with the tangible and the intangible. They rise and grow in us, lifting, filling us perhaps with the same contemplative sense that have led so many men in so distant temporal and geographical points to co-relate to and fable envision copiously on these same themes.