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


Gallery Nosco

Marcelo was born in 1980 in Rio de Janeiro where he currently lives and works.
In 2005 he graduated in architecture and urbanism at Universidade Santa Ursula.
Marcelo started a painting course in 2001 at the artist Cristina Mathias´ studio.
In 2009 he continued his research attending classes at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage with João Magalhães and Iole de Freitas.
He developed his artistic language through collages, objects and installations. His work takes into consideration the relations between lines and curves, places and voids, inside and outside, for dissolution of form and the autonomy of the color.