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Contrainte / Restraint

An exhibition produced by the Groupe Molior

Rodrigo Matheus, Grand Canyon (2008)

Rodrigo Matheus, Grand Canyon (2008)
While both South Pole and Tokyo consist of zooming effects and long takes, Grand Canyon revolves around several takes captured at various speeds and angles that were later edited together. This time the camera travels mainly across the canyon’s uninhabited land and the soundtrack evokes a sense of nervousness and suspense.

As the camera moves, a range of visual effects takes place: mountains are formed, pop up and disappear, as if the land was alive and pulsating. These effects actually result from a combination of connection speed and navigation controls, which affect the speed of the camera movement and image rendering.

The Grand Canyon is one of the few places in Google Earth with 3D elevation views, and it is also amongst its most popular destinations.

Other works by Rodrigo Matheus in this exhibition: South Pole and Tokyo.

Rodrigo Matheus was born in 1974, in São Paulo. He completed a B.A. in multimedia at the Faculty of Arts and Communication of the University of São Paulo. He has exhibited extensively in Brazil and abroad. In 2008, he had a solo exhibition at Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo and took part in several group shows including Looks Conceptual or How I Mistook a Carl Andre for a Pile of Bricks at Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, and Images Festival at Art Gallery of York University, Toronto. Other recent group exhibitions include Arquivo Geral at Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro (2006) MAM na Oca at Oca, São Paulo (2006) and Paradoxos Brasil - Rumos Artes Visuais at Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Centro Dragão do Mar Arte e Cultura, Fortaleza, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Goiânia and at Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2005/2006). The artist is represented by Galeria Fortes Vilaça in São Paulo.