OVER (2020-2022) is an offshoot of the Coletivos series, which Cássio Vasconcellos has been developing since 2008. The images, composed using a computer, are made from various aerial images captured by the artist.
While in Collectives the artist organizes the images according to typologies: planes, cars, motorcycles, etc., commenting on our consumerist society by highlighting the impact of human action in the world, in OVER he brings together images from various junkyards photographed by him in Brazil and abroad. Vasconcellos cuts out each element, bringing them together in a large composition that maintains the scale of the relationships between the objects. Thus, an image emerges that inhabits the space between fiction and reality as captured by its documental raw material.
OVER presents a scenario that seems to point to a dystopian future, but which, in fact, brings together fragments of the present. The exaggerated agglomeration denounces the misleading idea of “disposal”, given that objects do not cease to exist in the world when we throw them away. Rather, they inhabit other places. The name of the work makes reference to not only the nature of the composition but also the angle of the photographs.
In this series, Vasconcellos instigates a visual debate on the urban chaos of modern civilization by exploring jam-packed situations typical of our society: crowded beaches; cluttered car parking lots; motorcycle gatherings; huge aircraft boneyards in the US; masses of people; and the truck pandemonium in São Paulo’s Ceasa, Latin America’s largest municipal fresh food wholesale market. All these situations were shot using the right angle of a helicopter view. Constructed by using hundreds of photos shot during the project, the finalized images recreate an effect that juggles between reality and fantasy bluffing our senses in perfect tableaux compositions of color, line and geometry.
Art Historian / Art Critic
Collectives (Micaela Neiva)
The series “Coletivos” reveals a contemporary look of life stories from a globalized world seen through mosaics of constructed images. The observer is faced by large panels of aerial photos if seen from afar appear to be textures or geometric forms that if inspected closely, surprise the viewer with a richness of details that compose a daily urban lifestyle in consumption patterns.
The work on view reveals the enormous quantity of products and lands that humans beings uses for living in our planet. All the images, made of hundreds of different pictures that together creates imaginary landscapes, depicts the reality featuring huge areas that humanity needs each time more to aim all steps of the consumption chain. VERDE exhibit the big demand on food showing large areas used for plantations and CEASA presents the complex operation to distribute the food. Our society produce immeasurable quantity of disposals and ARIZONA show us an unbelievable boneyard composed by old aircrafts. AEROPORTO it’s a surreal created airport that it’s a portrait of globalization, mobility and the quickness of our way of life. The work COLETIVO represents a nightmare scene of what it’s happening in all big cities in the world where the car has a growing presence.