Martinho Costa

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PORTUGAL, 1977

Sombras permanentes (Permanent Shadows) V and VI are the 5th and 6th book in which Martinho Costa has continued to expand his collection of small paintings. The book is used as base for archive systematisation. The two volumes presented at Drawing Room Lisboa 2021, show a series of paintings, this time in vertical format, whose source of inspiration are the extensive photographic archives that the artist has elaborated during the last years. Details, approximations, shadows, compositions, are the result of the discovery of the most prosaic reality. The book, by its nature, demands time from its reader. Time to advance through the pages at its own pace. A process of discovering images similar to the process of the artist who looks at the world of common things, as if he were looking at them for the first time.