Waltercio Caldas (Rio de Janeiro, 1946) could be defined to an international audience as a minimalist. But more than that, he is an artist who, with every piece produced since the 1970s, gets closer and closer to a certain abstract emptiness — a silence. Critics describe him as an artist who does not create objects but rather the space between objects. Experiencing an exhibition by Waltercio Caldas is to feel the invisible content. A sensation that can be as corporeal and ethereal as it may be intellectual. His work explores those relationships of within and without. Every piece is intended to capture and work with all the space potential that surrounds it.
The works displayed in the exhibition, both sculptures and drawings, will be arranged and selected by the artist. For this exhibition, Caldas has selected works made during the last ten years of production. Waltercio Caldas is an artist whose work is known for being difficult to trace chronologically in terms of artistic production. This exhibition is a reflection of that spirit. A work produced in the 70s sits comfortably alongside a work produced last year. Together these works negate the notion of linear progression as they sit painlessly without interruption.
‘Caldas gently mocks the expectations of the viewer. As with Duchamp, he generates ‘a new thought for the object’”. (Guy Brett, ‘Taking Liberties’, Waltercio Caldas in Conversation with / en Conversación con Ariel Jiménez, published by Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros)