Dimensions Series is a perceptive exploration, a project that questions abstract notions and an intention to reformulate landscapes.
On his works, Pedro Gramaxo shows us vast landscapes that we are not able to ubicated. Barely without a scale reference element that could told us how big the forms are. The geometrical constructions developed by the artist could be 2, 20 or 200 meters long. Just with that small amount of information, Pedro is making us questioning about our own perception, on how we visualize and understand when we think about size and our appropriation of space.
Pedro has been deeply interested in public space and urban intervention. Following the steps of some of the most important art movements from the beginning of 20th century, such as the brutalist architecture or the land art movement; Pedro developed a research based on the importance of on-site bodily presence and its relation within ourselves and memory. This research combines the environment and human activity through the use of man-made materials.
The Dimension Series are part of a temporary perceptional exercise, in which you cannot identify anything precisely. The artist purpose is to disconnect viewers from the space, make them feel lost, uncomfortable; and invite them to participate and experiment each piece. With this process, the artist makes the viewer be aware of his own consciousness, that is, be aware of their own physical and psychological existence, and the necessity of being consciously aware of what we visualize.
For this series, Pedro Gramaxo developed a completely new measurement unit, which he named Mx. He knows that these units are important for our understanding of space and nature, that’s why the creation of a new unit was necessary to establish an artificial norm that could allow the artist to measure both scales, artificial and immaterial.
Mx is a scheme used to guarantee an aesthetic and geometric balance. Inspired by the golden number, Mx raises as a new way to ensure the best use of construction material. Starting from a grid that he developed based on a regular measure of selling, Pedro spotted that there was a lot of material waste, so he decided to create one unit that could avoid this ecological problem. This is how the Matrix or Artificial Framework -designated by the artist- has become the initial basis of any project and all of them respect this measure regulation.
This is how Mx became, not only a technical process, but also the language of Pedro’s work. All of his structures are built in his studio in Lisbon, and then transported and installed in a previously selected secret location. The process, from design to installation, becomes a highly organized process.
The title of each piece is a reference to the “dimension” of it, and it’s also connected on how the artist perceive the installation and its context. Its function is to be a guideline for the viewer’s perception, and therefore, it becomes the “reality” of size. In this way, the artist controls the viewer’s perception of scale and size, and transform it to create a whole new understanding of space.
Pedro Gramaxo (b. 1989) is a Lisbon-based artist with an important architectural influence. He channeled his practice on exploring the dualism between natural and artificial, creating contrasts of man-made elements placed in remote and untouched contexts.
His works has been part in numerous solo and collective shows in Portugal. He also developed urban interventions in relation with his investigation line.
Conceptual Projects has had the pleasure to collaborate with Pedro Gramaxo in order to present an article about his last project: Dimension Series.