Fábio Menino's first solo exhibition in the United States opens at Jupiter Contemporary
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Fábio Menino's first solo exhibition in the United States opens at Jupiter Contemporary
Fábio Menino, Autoconstrução, 2018. Acrylic, oil, and newspaper transfer on canvas. 61.81 by 57.87 in. 157 by 147 cm.

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.- Jupiter Contemporary is presenting Low Battery, Fábio Menino’s first solo exhibition in the United States, featuring new and never-before-seen paintings that compel a consideration of the relationship between our functional needs and material desires by foregrounding the aesthetic appeal, streamlined design, and seductive advertisements of utilitarian objects.

Sourcing product imagery from the internet, and the Google shopping platform in particular, Menino chooses objects to feature in his paintings largely based on their quotidian utility, but also on their design and the way in which advertisements aestheticize, and perhaps even nullify, functionality. Taking formal cues from artists such as Vija Celmins, Wayne Thiebaud, and even Haim Steinbach. Ferro de Passar Roupa (Clothes Irons), 2022, for example, depicts six aesthetically distinct irons on a neutral blue background, highlighting the way in which consumerism has thoroughly supplanted choices regarding function with those regarding style.

Volkswagen x Ford x Fiat x Chevrolet x BMW (2019), articulates a similar phenomenon by picturing five steering wheels floating amid a solid yellow-ocher field. Such decontextualization serves to highlight the similarities and subtle differences in design between these nearly identical objects, yet ultimately draws one’s attention to the brand logo emblazoned at the center of each wheel. The associations conjured by these symbols are reflective of the power of advertising and its trenchant influence on consumer habits—compelling buyers to choose, with a sense of brand loyalty, between items that carry negligible differences and serve the exact same purpose. Advertising imagery, like that which Menino uses as his source material, often contextualizes the intended use of the objects or tools it features and aims to capture the attention of a particular consumer audience. Menino’s paintings, however, illustrate—by isolating the featured objects and omitting their context—that brand associations are so powerful that these same objects can still conjure allusions to identity, class, and even ethnicity when removed from the marketing campaigns that produce such narratives and associations.

Fábio Menino (b. 1989, São Paulo, Brazil) employs the medium of painting to address quotidian issues related to consumption, the economy, and their social relations. His paintings are particularly motivated by an interest in form and the symbolic charge that objects carry. Menino has worked as an assistant to artists Paulo Nimer Pjota, Hildebrando de Castro, and Stephan Doitschinoff. His paintings have been exhibited at the Rio Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil; and Sesc Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil; among others. He received the acquisition award from the 45th Luiz Sacillotto Contemporary Art Salon, São Paulo, Brazil and his work is included in the collection of the Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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