since graduating from faculdade santa marcelina in são paulo, brazilian artist lucas arruda  has steadily gained the limelight by way of group shows and solo presentations at venues across the planet, and currently has his third personal exhibition at mendes wood dm, a leading gallery in his hometown. entitled deserto-modelo as above so below, it presents a series of small canvases that signal arruda's breakaway from a growing reputation as a landscape painter, to gaze up into the skies and capture those in plural form. the body of work depicts various skyscapes with different gradations of light, and is in fact part of an experimental analogy that arruda presents between the painted surface and depictions of light that has been captured on slides and shown in a separate darkened room. as such, the artist aims to transcend the usual interpretations and all clichés that come with it. [on through nov 11]. location: mendes wood dm, rua da consolação 3358, east + north rooms [jardim paulista].