In this world, each day stranger, Jarbas Lopes retains an amateur spirit, and even more: an amorous spirit. Much is said of art and life; sometimes it would be better to think of art and love. It is love that transforms, like art, the multiple relations between beings and things. Jarbas Lopes weaves, also literally, new relations between so many things. He embraces many adventures in his adventure. It’s an action impregnated with the popular universe, on many fronts. He lives utopia fully, in the imagination and in several realities, parallel and convergent. Jarbas Lopes thinks the future today. (Translated from the Portuguese by Pedro Cid Proença)
Born and based in Rio de Janeiro, Jarbas Lopes has exhibited his diverse output at A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janeiro; Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo; and Tilton Gallery, New York, as well as the Biennale de Lyon in 2011 and the Gwangju Biennial in 2008.
This article was first published in the March 2015 issue.