José Damasceno was born in 1968 in Rio de Janeiro and still mainly lives and works there, where in 1990 he had the first major show of his work. Since then he has exhibited regularly in Brazil – Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo (2003), Museu de Arte Moderna (2003) or Fundaçao Eva Klavbin Rappaport Rio de Janeiro (2004), 25th Biennale of Sao Paulo (2002), Espacio Cultural Contemporaneo Venancio, Brasilia (2001) – and in Europe – Oporto, Galeria Presença (2000), Paris, Palais de Tokyo (2003), as well as America – The Project New York (2002), and Los Angeles (collective, 2003,) and the Museum of Art in Puerto Rico, to name some of the most recent.
Cine Moto Perpetuo, the title of this exhibition, takes its name from one of the pieces which make up the installation specially created by the artist for this show in Galería Distrito Cu4tro but which has as its starting point some already existing elements: Cine Moto Perpetuo (marble and wood), Poço a poço (adhesives), Condensador pictórico (wood, rope and glass), La mesa está puesta, La balle est dans votre camp, Organograma, Secuencia.
“…It all started last May when I was in Madrid to look at the space. I only had a notebook with jottings, sketches, ideas. Just like when I started, working without a studio, and the project was only completed when it was actually exhibited, likewise today I follow through a process which only finishes when I see it set up to be shown”.
(José Damasceno writing to Jose Jimenez about this work)