Deborah Engel

Brazil 1977

Op Art

Deborah Engel
Deborah Engel
February 13, 2017
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Deborah Engel is a Brazilian artist know for her complex illusionist artworks that explore the transitory nature of both space and time. Her works are often composed of series of photographs skillfully arranged into collages that can be labeled as a type of photograph-sculptures. Similar to the finest Op art masters, Deborah Engel’s works create the illusion of a three-dimensional space when seen from different viewing angles. By shifting and changing its form from various perspectives the artworks provide the viewer with an active role in the creation of an actual art piece.

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Deborah Engel – Loco in Loco Meditação

Photograph-Sculptures – a Specialties of Deborah Engel

Deborah Engel was born in Sao Paolo in Brazil in 1977. She started her career by working as a studio assistant in 1996 before studying at School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage in Jardim Botânico. Her work is strongly influenced by kinetic art, Russian Constructivism and Rio Neoconcretism, but also by other sources including music, cinema, literature, and nature. Her multilayered collages appear as if they are subsequently shifting from the state of increasing and decreasing in volume while the audience moves around to view the artwork from every possible angle.

Loco in Loco series is a homage to the home of the biggest carnival in the world the city of Rio de Janeiro

Silver lines cross the center of the board to convey free spirit at Galeria Virgilio
Deborah Engel – Loco in Loco, ParqueLage, 2014

An Homage to Rio de Janeiro

The artist’s Loco in Loco, series of works was dedicated to her hometown of Rio de Janeiro and its rich history. The series explored the famous architectural landmarks like Parque Lage and Museu de Arte Moderna. Composed of photographic works, video and physical installations the series dealt with the gap between what we look at and what we see. Loco in Loco focuses on the development of architecture and their subject. As the viewer moves following the rhythm of the colleges, a whole new dimension opens up. Guided through the maze-like imagery by the power of intuition the viewer discovers new sides of the portrayed space that until then remained out of his grasp. In her Possible Landscapes series, the artist appropriated magazine covers and photographed them in different surroundings to achieve a multitude of meanings. By placing an image in the center of another photographic framework the artist explored the limits of photography as a medium and its use in the creation of complex visual narratives.

The artist explores the limits of photography as a medium and its ability to create complex visual narratives

The artist apply spring tones to silver board with care and a brief contact with the paint.
Deborah Engel – Loco in loco, Prazeres

In the Viewer’s Eye…

In 2010 Deborah Engel published a book entitled OLHONOLHO that gathered some of her finest works thus further extending the artist’s artistic explorations. The project began in 2005 when Deborah Engel sent a sticker with a photograph of her own eye to her fellow artists around the globe. They placed and pinned the eye on various locations and photographed it before sending it back to the artist. An array of these images were composed into the 2010 publication that explores the way different people view and comprehend the exactly same message. Her artworks were on view at numerous group and solo shows in Brazil and abroad and will continue to tour the world in 2017 as well.

The artist is represented by Create Gallery Hub.

Deborah Engel lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Featured image : Deborah Engel – Loco in loco Bola, 2015, detail
Images courtesy of Create Gallery Hub

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016 World Art Dubai 2016 DubaiGroup
2015 1St Trio Biennial Trio Bienal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Group
2015O Espaço que se Move Galeria Virgilio, São Paulo, Brazil Solo
2014New Acquisitions of Gilberto Chateaubriand, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de JaneiroGroup
2014 Fotografia e Desenho na Coleção do Museum,Biennial Foundation of Cerveira, PortugalGroup
2013LeviatãCité Internacionale des Arts, Paris FranceSolo
2013 Entre-Cotés, Performance com Siri, Cité des Arts, Paris, FranceGroup
2011 XVI Bienal de Cerveira Bienal de Arte de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira Group
2011 Lançamento do Livro de Artista OLHONOOLHO, Zipper Galeria, São PauloSolo
2010 Paisagens Possíveis Galeria Artur Fidalgo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Solo
2010 Arte Pará 2010 , Historical Museum of Pará,Group
2010 Mostra Incompletudes Galeria Virgilio, São Paulo Group
2010 Além do horizonte Amarelonegro Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Group
2010 “Paisagens Possíveis”, Galeria Artur Fidalgo, Rio de Janeiro, RJSolo
2010 Lançamento do Livro de Artista OLHONOOLHO, Artur Fidalgo Galeria, Rio de Janeiro, RJSolo
2009 Abre Alas A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Group
2009 TUDO É PASSAGEIRO”, Galeria DConcept, São Paulo, SPSolo
2007 Verbo 2007 Vermelho Gallery, São PauloGroup
2007 Série em Transe”, Centro Cultural Municipal Laurinda Santos Lobo, Rio de JaneiroSolo
2005 Projeto Multiplicidades, Siri+Deborah Engel Centro Cultural Telemar, RJGroup
2005 Pyrata Barcas, RioNiteróiGroup
2005 Festival Brasil Noar Barcelona, EspanhaGroup