We are pleased to announce the second New York solo exhibition at ATM Gallery by Miguel Ângelo Rocha. For this exhibition the artist is presenting a series of six small wall pieces. Delicately assembled of found objects and constructed forms, Rocha completes each composition with an attention to the materiality and weight of each fragment, applying subtle layers to a semblance concerned with balance and illusion. The material choices range from the weight and aesthetic of a thin painted line to a bulky PVC pipe. Blown glass, cut cardboard, and molded paper all contribute to these simple and weightless arrangements. Rocha investigates the polarity and juxtaposition of varying aesthetics, combining both two and three – dimensional methods of art making to present pieces that have the sense of drawings in physical space.
Miguel Ângelo Rocha was born in 1964 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continues to live and work there as well as in New York. After completing his degree in painting from the Faculdad de Belas-Artes in Lisbon, he completed a Master in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since receiving his degree in painting he has continued to explore the possibilities of line, material, and form in his sculptural pursuits. He has exhibited regularly since 1991, and among his individual shows are "Retratos de Mário Eloy" at Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, 1996 (Pedro Lapa, Curator); "Three of a Perfect Pair" at Laure Genillard Gallery, London, 1996; "Kafka´s Hotel" at the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, 2000; Ram, Roterdam, 2001; "Duplo/Double", at the Círculo de Artes Plásticas in Coimbra, 2002; "Mound I", at Módulo - Centro Difusor de Arte, Lisbon, 2004; "Voz/Voice", at Hospital Júlio de Matos, Lisbon, 2005; “1 Moment: 9 Sentences and 1 Volume”, at Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, 2006; and “ Four Odd Numbers”, at Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, 2006.