Selected works by Marcelo Jácome

Marcelo Jácome
Planos-pipas n17


Tissue paper, bamboo, fiberglass and cotton thread

Dimensions variable

Marcelo Jácome’s Planos-Pipas (‘kite-planes’ in the artist’s native Portugese) treats paper as a sculptural material while retaining the dynamic and intuitive quality of a drawing. Swooping across the gallery space like a flock of disturbed parrots, the components of the piece – brightly coloured sheets of tissue paper stretched over bamboo frames, held together with cotton threads – suggest disparate components moving in semi-chaotic unity. Their faceted forms, apparently bumping against each other in perpetual motion, hint at solidity depending where you’re standing: corners meet and mimic architectural forms, or become half-roofs, almost-shelters. That glancing relationship with solid form is part of Jácome’s playful approach to three-dimensionality – his work occupies the space of drawing, sculpture and architecture without ever quite belonging in any one category. The piece seems to literally evade description, much as a kite itself does, whose true nature is only revealed at a distance, on the end of a thread. Jácome’s piece dances on the edge of things, slipping out of our grasp in a dazzling flash of colour and line.

Text by Ben Street

Marcelo Jácome's Biography

Marcelo Jácome
Born in 1980, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


001, Largo das Artes Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Next Future, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
Somatório Singular, Murilo Castro Gallery, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Espaço Entre, Largo das Artes Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nova Arqueologia, IPN gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coletiva MUV, MUV Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TAL012, TechArtLAb Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tocayo #12, Galpão da Ação e Cidadania, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mostra livre de Artes do Circo Voador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Gallery Mess/Saatchi Gallery, London, England

BAB, Bienal Anual Búzios, Armação dos Búzios, Brazil

Novíssimos, Galeria de arte IBEU, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Novíssimos 2, Solar do Jambeiro, Niterói, Brazil