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Exhibition view: Casa, Carlos Bunga, Galeria Vera Cortês, 2021
Exhibition view: Casa, Carlos Bunga, Galeria Vera Cortês, 2021

Zoom / Exhibition view: Casa, Carlos Bunga, Galeria Vera Cortês, 2021

Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #1, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm
Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #1, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #1, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #1, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm
Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #1, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #1, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #2, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm
Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #2, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #2, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #2, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm
Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #2, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #2, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm
Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm
Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Moving Wall #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 218 x 150 x 30 cm

Carlos Bunga, Construcción pictórica vertical. Naturaleza #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 200 x 150 x 7 cm
Carlos Bunga, Construcción pictórica vertical. Naturaleza #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 200 x 150 x 7 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Construcción pictórica vertical. Naturaleza #3, 2021. Plants, latex and glue on wood and cardboard. 200 x 150 x 7 cm

Carlos Bunga, From the series Pensar a cidade desde a cozinha, 2021. 9 chromogenic color print. 9: 16,5 x 12 cm.
Carlos Bunga, From the series Pensar a cidade desde a cozinha, 2021. 9 chromogenic color print. 9: 16,5 x 12 cm.

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, From the series Pensar a cidade desde a cozinha, 2021. 9 chromogenic color print. 9: 16,5 x 12 cm.

Carlos Bunga, From the series Pensar a cidade desde a cozinha #4, 2021. Chromogenic color print. 16,5 x 12 cm.
Carlos Bunga, From the series Pensar a cidade desde a cozinha #4, 2021. Chromogenic color print. 16,5 x 12 cm.

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, From the series Pensar a cidade desde a cozinha #4, 2021. Chromogenic color print. 16,5 x 12 cm.

Carlos Bunga, Mimosa Pudica; drawings from the series Before Architecture, Nature, 2021. Single channel, color, no sound, loop (6’08’’). Graphite on tracing paper. Variable dimensions
Carlos Bunga, Mimosa Pudica; drawings from the series Before Architecture, Nature, 2021. Single channel, color, no sound, loop (6’08’’). Graphite on tracing paper. Variable dimensions

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Mimosa Pudica; drawings from the series Before Architecture, Nature, 2021. Single channel, color, no sound, loop (6’08’’). Graphite on tracing paper. Variable dimensions

Carlos Bunga, Casulo #5; Casulo IV, Casulo V, 2021. Stoneware; pencil on tracing paper and paper, tape. 25,2 x 12 cm; 2: 31 x 32 cm
Carlos Bunga, Casulo #5; Casulo IV, Casulo V, 2021. Stoneware; pencil on tracing paper and paper, tape. 25,2 x 12 cm; 2: 31 x 32 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Casulo #5; Casulo IV, Casulo V, 2021. Stoneware; pencil on tracing paper and paper, tape. 25,2 x 12 cm; 2: 31 x 32 cm

Carlos Bunga, Linha (vertical), 2017 (2021). Latex and glue on carboard and wall. 286,5 x 0,8 x 3 cm
Carlos Bunga, Linha (vertical), 2017 (2021). Latex and glue on carboard and wall. 286,5 x 0,8 x 3 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Linha (vertical), 2017 (2021). Latex and glue on carboard and wall. 286,5 x 0,8 x 3 cm

Carlos Bunga, Linha (vertical), 2017 (2021) (detail). Latex and glue on carboard and wall. 286,5 x 0,8 x 3 cm
Carlos Bunga, Linha (vertical), 2017 (2021) (detail). Latex and glue on carboard and wall. 286,5 x 0,8 x 3 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Linha (vertical), 2017 (2021) (detail). Latex and glue on carboard and wall. 286,5 x 0,8 x 3 cm

Carlos Bunga, Homeless #2, 2021. Acrylic on chromogenic color print. 30 x 40 cm
Carlos Bunga, Homeless #2, 2021. Acrylic on chromogenic color print. 30 x 40 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Homeless #2, 2021. Acrylic on chromogenic color print. 30 x 40 cm

Carlos Bunga, Natural Objects and Artefacts, 2021. Mixed media. 139 x 200 x 75 cm
Carlos Bunga, Natural Objects and Artefacts, 2021. Mixed media. 139 x 200 x 75 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Natural Objects and Artefacts, 2021. Mixed media. 139 x 200 x 75 cm

Carlos Bunga, Animism #2, 2021. Latex and glue on wood. 40,3 x 43,5 x 36,6 cm
Carlos Bunga, Animism #2, 2021. Latex and glue on wood. 40,3 x 43,5 x 36,6 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Animism #2, 2021. Latex and glue on wood. 40,3 x 43,5 x 36,6 cm

Carlos Bunga, Animism #1, 2021. Latex and glue on wood. 58 x 56 x 46 cm
Carlos Bunga, Animism #1, 2021. Latex and glue on wood. 58 x 56 x 46 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Animism #1, 2021. Latex and glue on wood. 58 x 56 x 46 cm

Carlos Bunga, Animism #3, 2021. Latex and glue on pottery and tree trunk. 58 x 56 x 46 cm
Carlos Bunga, Animism #3, 2021. Latex and glue on pottery and tree trunk. 58 x 56 x 46 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Animism #3, 2021. Latex and glue on pottery and tree trunk. 58 x 56 x 46 cm

Carlos Bunga, Intersection Series #22, 2019. Acrylic on cardboard. 20 x 20 x 9 cm
Carlos Bunga, Intersection Series #22, 2019. Acrylic on cardboard. 20 x 20 x 9 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Intersection Series #22, 2019. Acrylic on cardboard. 20 x 20 x 9 cm

Carlos Bunga, Free Standing Painting #28, 2018. Latex and glue on felt. 138 x 160 x 3 cm
Carlos Bunga, Free Standing Painting #28, 2018. Latex and glue on felt. 138 x 160 x 3 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Free Standing Painting #28, 2018. Latex and glue on felt. 138 x 160 x 3 cm

Carlos Bunga, Free Standing Painting #43, 2020. Latex and glue on felt. 195 x 89,9 x 1 cm
Carlos Bunga, Free Standing Painting #43, 2020. Latex and glue on felt. 195 x 89,9 x 1 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Free Standing Painting #43, 2020. Latex and glue on felt. 195 x 89,9 x 1 cm

Carlos Bunga, Composition #4, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 19 x 28,7 x 4 cm
Carlos Bunga, Composition #4, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 19 x 28,7 x 4 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Composition #4, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 19 x 28,7 x 4 cm

Carlos Bunga, Composition #3, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 16,5 x 24,7 x 3 cm
Carlos Bunga, Composition #3, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 16,5 x 24,7 x 3 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Composition #3, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 16,5 x 24,7 x 3 cm

Carlos Bunga, Composition #1, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 15 x 14,8 x 7,8 cm
Carlos Bunga, Composition #1, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 15 x 14,8 x 7,8 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Composition #1, 2020. Acrylic on cardboard. 15 x 14,8 x 7,8 cm

Carlos Bunga, Crate Painting #3, 2019. Latex paint and glue on wooden box. 95 x 124 x 19,5 cm
Carlos Bunga, Crate Painting #3, 2019. Latex paint and glue on wooden box. 95 x 124 x 19,5 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Crate Painting #3, 2019. Latex paint and glue on wooden box. 95 x 124 x 19,5 cm

Carlos Bunga, Skin Composition V, 2018. Glue on cotton. 82 x 102 cm
Carlos Bunga, Skin Composition V, 2018. Glue on cotton. 82 x 102 cm

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Skin Composition V, 2018. Glue on cotton. 82 x 102 cm

Carlos Bunga, Something Necessary and Useful, 2020. Mixed media. Site Specific installation at Whitechapel, London. Photo: Nick Seaton
Carlos Bunga, Something Necessary and Useful, 2020. Mixed media. Site Specific installation at Whitechapel, London. Photo: Nick Seaton

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Something Necessary and Useful, 2020. Mixed media. Site Specific installation at Whitechapel, London. Photo: Nick Seaton

Carlos Bunga, Polychromatic Environment, 2020. Site Specific installation at Whitechapel, London, 2020. Photo: Nick Seaton
Carlos Bunga, Polychromatic Environment, 2020. Site Specific installation at Whitechapel, London, 2020. Photo: Nick Seaton

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Polychromatic Environment, 2020. Site Specific installation at Whitechapel, London, 2020. Photo: Nick Seaton

Carlos Bunga, Line (horizontal, 40 m), 2015. Cardboard, latex paint and glue on the wall. Site specific installation. Exhibition view “Um oásis ao entardecer (An oasis at sunset) – EDP Foundation Awards 20th Anniversary”, MAAT, Lisbon, 2020. Photo: Bruno Lopes. Courtesy by EDP-MAAT
Carlos Bunga, Line (horizontal, 40 m), 2015. Cardboard, latex paint and glue on the wall. Site specific installation. Exhibition view “Um oásis ao entardecer (An oasis at sunset) – EDP Foundation Awards 20th Anniversary”, MAAT, Lisbon, 2020. Photo: Bruno Lopes. Courtesy by EDP-MAAT

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Line (horizontal, 40 m), 2015. Cardboard, latex paint and glue on the wall. Site specific installation. Exhibition view “Um oásis ao entardecer (An oasis at sunset) – EDP Foundation Awards 20th Anniversary”, MAAT, Lisbon, 2020. Photo: Bruno Lopes. Courtesy by EDP-MAAT

Carlos Bunga, Occupy, 2020. Cardboard, latex paint, tape and glue. Site Specific installation at MOCA Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
Carlos Bunga, Occupy, 2020. Cardboard, latex paint, tape and glue. Site Specific installation at MOCA Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Occupy, 2020. Cardboard, latex paint, tape and glue. Site Specific installation at MOCA Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Carlos Bunga. View of the exhibition “Carlos Bunga. The Architecture of Life. Environments, Sculptures, Paintings and Films”, Central, MAAT, Lisbon, 2019. Photo: Bruno Lopes. Courtesy: EDP Foundation.
Carlos Bunga. View of the exhibition “Carlos Bunga. The Architecture of Life. Environments, Sculptures, Paintings and Films”, Central, MAAT, Lisbon, 2019. Photo: Bruno Lopes. Courtesy: EDP Foundation.

Zoom / Carlos Bunga. View of the exhibition “Carlos Bunga. The Architecture of Life. Environments, Sculptures, Paintings and Films”, Central, MAAT, Lisbon, 2019. Photo: Bruno Lopes. Courtesy: EDP Foundation.

Carlos Bunga, Cathedral, 2019. Cardboard, tape, latex paint and glue. Site Specific installation at Gigantisme _Art & Industrie organized by FRAC Grand Large in collaboration with the association L’Art Contemporain and the Littoral Hauts-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2019. Photo: Aurélien Mole
Carlos Bunga, Cathedral, 2019. Cardboard, tape, latex paint and glue. Site Specific installation at Gigantisme _Art & Industrie organized by FRAC Grand Large in collaboration with the association L’Art Contemporain and the Littoral Hauts-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2019. Photo: Aurélien Mole

Zoom / Carlos Bunga, Cathedral, 2019. Cardboard, tape, latex paint and glue. Site Specific installation at Gigantisme _Art & Industrie organized by FRAC Grand Large in collaboration with the association L’Art Contemporain and the Littoral Hauts-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2019. Photo: Aurélien Mole

Exhibitions

Bio

Carlos Bunga (b. 1976 Porto) attended the Escola Superior de Arte e Design in Caldas da Rainha, in Portugal. He currently lives and works near Barcelona.
He creates process-oriented works in various formats: sculptures, paintings, drawings, performances, video, and above all in situ installations, that refer to and intervene in their immediate architectural surroundings.
While often using ordinary, unassuming materials such as packing cardboard and adhesive tape, Bunga’s work involves a highly developed degree of aesthetic care and delicacy, as well as a conceptual complexity derived from the inter-relationship between doing and undoing, between unmaking and remaking, between the micro and the macro, between investigation and conclusion. Straddling the divide between sculpture and painting, Bunga’s deceptively delicate works are characterized by an intense study of the combination of color and materiality, while at the same time emphasize the performative aspect of the creative act. Bunga’s works on paper, which are closely related to his sculptures and installations, often involve overlays, whether of compositional elements in the paintings or sheets of translucent paper in the drawings. The analytic/descriptive result, like a photographic double-exposure, mimics the dual experience of memory and imagination underlying the sculpture.

Carlos Bunga has had solo shows at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2020), MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2020), Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (2019), MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia, Lisbon (2019) Fundaçao Carmona e Costa, Lisbon (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2018), MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2015), Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, 2015), Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2015), Museo Amparo, Puebla, México (2014), MUAC – Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico D.F. (2013), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2012), Fundaçao Serralves, Oporto (2012), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011), Miami Art Museum (2009) and MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (2009). He was invited to participate in the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), 29th Bienal de São Paulo (2010), the Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa (2010), the 14th Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara (2010) and Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004). Bunga was awarded the International Art Prize at Grand Rapids, Michigan (2013) and was short-listed for Artes Mundi 6 Prize, Cardiff (2015).
His work is included in important collections such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Fundação Serralves (Oporto), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (New York), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich), Pérez Art Museum (Miami), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Museo Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon) or Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), among others.

Carlos Bunga (Porto, 1976) frequentou a Escola Superior de Arte e Design em Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. Actualmente vive e trabalha perto de Barcelona.

As suas obras, orientadas para o processo, são criadas em vários formatos: esculturas, pinturas, desenhos, performances, vídeo, e, principalmente, instalações in situ, que se referem e intervêm na sua envolvente arquitectónica imediata.

Embora utilizando frequentemente materiais simples e despretensiosos, tais como cartão de embalagem e fita adesiva, o trabalho de Bunga envolve um grau altamente desenvolvido de preocupação estética e delicadeza, bem como uma complexidade conceptual derivada da inter-relação entre fazer e desfazer, entre não fazer e refazer, entre o micro e o macro, entre investigação e conclusão. Ultrapassando a divisão entre escultura e pintura, os trabalhos enganosamente delicados de Bunga caracterizam-se por um estudo intenso da combinação da cor e da materialidade, ao mesmo tempo que enfatizam o aspecto performativo do acto criativo. As obras de Bunga sobre papel, que estão intimamente relacionadas com as suas esculturas e instalações, envolvem frequentemente sobreposições, quer de elementos de composição nas pinturas, quer de folhas de papel translúcido nos desenhos. O resultado analítico/descritivo, como uma dupla exposição fotográfica, imita a dupla experiência da memória e da imaginação subjacente à escultura.

Carlos Bunga expôs individualmente na Whitechapel Gallery, Londres (2020); MOCA – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Toronto (2020); Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (2019); MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia, Lisboa (2019); Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisboa (2019); Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Detroit (2018); MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2015); Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá, 2015); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurique (2015); Museo Amparo, Puebla, México (2014); MUAC – Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, México D. F. (2013); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2012); Fundação Serralves, Porto (2012); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); Miami Art Museum (2009) e MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (2009). Foi convidado a participar na Bienal de Arquitectura de Chicago (2015), 29ª Bienal de São Paulo (2010), Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa (2010), 14ª Bienal Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara (2010) e Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004). Bunga recebeu o Prémio Internacional de Arte em Grand Rapids, Michigan (2013) e foi pré-seleccionado para o Prémio Artes Mundi 6, Cardiff (2015).

A sua obra está incluída em importantes colecções tais como The Museum of Modern Art (Nova Iorque), Fundação Serralves (Porto), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (Nova Iorque), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Museu Haus Konstruktiv (Zurique), Pérez Art Museum (Miami), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Detroit, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisboa) ou Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), entre outros.

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