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n the beginning objects grew from matter:
Before houses there were caves, before tables and stools there were tree trunks, before the plough and shovel, stones were used. Even time was measured by the slow running of water.
Then, objects took the shape of hands, the contour of the bodies, the angle of our needs. Sometimes the sign of matter was lost: metal, stone, wood dissolved by the greed of things.

António Conceição Júnior presents to our dazzled view a group of objects - would be sculptures - that return the sense of matter he chooses to our amazement.

Tables, chairs, side-boards, exceed their first use to be transformed into pure beauty. Like the calligrapher building art from the words of our days, the writing of António Conceição Júnior infinitely reinvents the significance of shapes...
... the wood scents under the lines of the object, a chair back, the base of a table or a side-board leads us to imagine the characters of an ancient poem.

A man's hand cuts the ancestral huang hua li, and through the shapes it finds, it intertwines a most private dialogue with eternity.

What is the measure of time in the matter of each object?

Ana Paula Laborinho
Chairwoman
Portuguese Institute of the Orient