Friday, July 2, 2010
Caio Fernandes: reductive
The only thing better than a book containing the artwork of Caio Fernandes is another book containing the artwork of Caio Fernandes — especially if that book includes the artist’s thoughts about his life and work, and how they’re both, really, works-in-progress. I wrote a little about my impressions of Caio’s genius when his first book, The Pictorial Consequence, was released early this year. Everything I said then still holds true. But as much as I’m enjoying the paintings in reductive, I value the brief text even more. As the omnipotent ruler of Mein Welt, Caio is quite the entertainer. As an artist assessing his background and direction, however, he’s intrigued by his influences and phases and how they relate to his surroundings and states of mind. Along the way, he tells us where he’s been, without being quite sure of where he’s going. That, I believe, is the mission of every true artist — to never grow fat and comfortable, and to keep pushing into new territory. Caio is that kind of artist. He’ll relax you with his humor, and then knock you over with his vision. reductive is a beautiful book, beautifully produced.