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Exhibition "A Soma Das Partes" by Cruzes + Vargas

Exhibition "A Soma Das Partes" by Cruzes + Vargas = 3

Patent from May 14th to June 30th
Opening: May 14 at 5:00 pm
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 10am to 06pm
Location: LAC - Laboratório de Actividades Criativas
Free entry



"The whole is greater than the simple sum of its parts.”


Cruzes + Vargas = 3 is an artistic project in which it is possible to identify the unfolding of this proposition. The collaboration between Ricardo Cruzes, artist, and Rui Vargas, architect, resulted in plastic forms structured by four hands, not easily detecting where the trace of one ends and the creative aspect of the other begins. However, they do not completely erase the marks of confrontation and the awareness of the difference in knowledge, experiences, methodologies and professional paths of each one, formulating an important metaphor of the meeting of cultures, as they prove the constructive fecundity of the tension between two (or more ) individual parts, which results in a third element, an “other”, with its own characteristics and innovative meanings, greater than the addition A + B. With the Algarve sea in the landscape, in particular the view that the city of Lagos (once , the Islamic Zawaia) offers and opens to travel (real and imaginary), and with the influences that Vargas brings from his regular professional contact with peoples of the Middle East – Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai -, visible in motifs, patterns and colors that are repeated, reminiscent of the tapestries of Bedouin women, Cruzes and Vargas are currently discovering in the historical connection between Arab-Islamic and Portuguese cultures narrative substance to explore, compose and share. highlight the creative potential inherent in artistic collaboration and intercultural dialogue. The intersection of Vargas' experience in the field of Architecture and his knowledge of traditional and modern Islamic architecture, and Cruzes' mastery of different principles, materials and artistic techniques, is evident in the conceptions of volume and space perceived in his pieces, in terms of shapes – with the figure of the cube, three-dimensional, planimetric and negative, worth mentioning –, of the places and environments that the pieces occupy – such as the beach, which gives new, sensitive and semantic dimensions to the artistic object at the same time that accentuates its ephemerality -, from the observation angles created by the photographic record - which produces horizontal and vertical coordinates -, or even at the level of performance - with the presence of a human, female body, hidden by a black niqab, which sometimes accentuates the The ephemeral character of the plastic installation sometimes contributes to intensifying the conflict between tradition and freedom, between the real and the ideal.



But, despite and before any interpretation, in the work of Cruzes + Vargas one feels first the intuition, the game of imagination and the pleasure of experimentation, the creative energy that is born from the dialogue, the polyphony and the path they make between the ideas.



Bio Cruzes

Academic Qualifications: 1998 - Degree in Painting-Vertente Design, by ARCA-EUAC; Coimbra University School of Arts 1999 - Software course for Graphic Design - Macintosh - by FLAG Lisboa 2001 - Web Design course by ETIC - Technical School of Image and Communication of Lisbon.

Experience: Conception, management and production of creative projects covering the multidisciplinary design, since 1998; Guest speaker by the National Museum of Archeology within the scope of the implementation of the Museum's website awarded by UNESCO in 2002. Creative direction in Web projects | Design | New Media; Intensification of artistic/plastic activity since 2005 with public demonstrations since 2006.



Bio Vargas

Rui Miguel Vargas was born in Faro in 1976, having graduated in 2000 from ISMAT. During his studies he also attended the Polytechnic Institute of Milan for a period of 2 years. He created the ORV Arquitectura atelier in Faro in partnership with Osvaldo Sousa, which was extinct in 2011 and founded the AAP (Associated Architects Partnership) atelier, which he coordinates in partnership with his partners. Currently with offices in Portugal and Kuwait, which he coordinates with his partners. Currently with offices in Almancil, Lisbon and Kuwait where he currently develops the vast majority of his work in Kuwait and recently in Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai. His work as an architect has been published in specialist magazines and exhibitions.