STudio visit #1

Rui Calçada Bastos

Prominent portuguese artist Rui Calçada Bastos visited Thirdbase Studio during our first season of residency. After a tour of the studio and getting to know and chat to our Season 1 artists about their work Thirdbase opened its doors to the public and Rui made a presentation and gave a talk about his work.

Rui studied Painting at the Porto School of Fine Arts and the Lisbon School of Fine Arts, and Visual Arts at the Centre for Art and Visual Communication – Ar.Co, in Lisbon, after this, he developed his work further in Paris and later in Berlin, where together with artists Sergio Belinchon, Santiago Ydanez, Paul Ekaitz and Antonio Mesones, he co-founded the artist-run space Invaliden1. Until 2015, Invaliden1 presented and exhibited the work of almost a hundred contemporary artists from around the world.

Working with and in the cities that he traveled to or lived in (Macau, Shanghai, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro) Calçada Bastos’ focuses on urban landscapes, objects, shapes and situations that would perhaps be overlooked at first glance. Working with photography, video, sculpture and drawing, he explores his themes poetically, confronting the viewer with a self-referential view. In a real and metaphorical sense, the reflections, duplications and confrontations constitute variations on a leitmotiv that runs through Rui Calçada Bastos’s videos, photographs and installations dealing with self and other, inner and outer, here and there. The artist continually changes his position in a perpetual attempt to reach towards self-assurance or anchorage, which never seem to take place.