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Risk Management Paintings

2018
Canvas and acrylic paint on wall, fruit labels,
dimensions variable















What is the necessary investment for a gallery to present a small work at several international art fairs? How does this affect the artwork in circulation?


This series graphically reproduces the necessary investment for a specific gallery that the artist has exhibited in to present a piece by Cristina Garrido – a white monochrome measuring 20 x 20 x 2 cm. hung in the center of each painting – on several international art fairs. Formal in appearance – referencing Geometric Abstraction and Color Field Painting –, these site-specific paintings consider factors that, despite being independent of the artwork, end up altering its reception.

Each expense involved in presenting an artwork to a specific art fair was allocated a color: transport, application and booth fee, travel expenses for 2 people to the city where the art fair takes place and hotel and per diem expenses. The concentric squares and the white canvas in the middle seek to put into play the financial, statistical and pictorial discourse. When displayed one next to the other, we can see how the variation of costs that each painting studies visually affects the perception of the white canvas in the middle.

The fruit labels on each of the canvases connect the trading of artworks with that of other commodities. The pieces of this series, ironically, also reference the idea as art as decoration, not only having a very colourful and formal shape, but also being materially produced with plastic paint.



CREDITS:
Risk Management Paintings – 3+1 Contemporary Art / Artissima 2018 (2018) 97,69 x 97,69 cm. Risk Management Paintings – 3+1 Contemporary Art / Artissima 2018 (2018) 97,69 x 97,69 cm. (Detail)
Installation views of An Art of Microseconds (solo exhibition), 3+1 Contemporary Art (Lisbon, Portugal, 2018) 
Risk Management Paintings – 3+1 Contemporary Art / LISTE Basel 2018 (2018) 100,28 x 100,28 cm.
Risk Management Paintings – 3+1 Contemporary Art / LISTE Basel 2018 (2018) 100,28 x 100,28 cm. (Detail)
Risk Management Paintings – 3+1 Contemporary Art / The Armory Show 2018 (2018) 147,72 x 147,72 cm.
Risk Management Paintings – 3+1 Contemporary Art / The Armory Show 2018 (2018) 147,72 x 147,72 cm. (Detail)
Images © João Ferro Martins