Paula Toto Blake – Habitar la Ironía

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Instalación ´Carnivoras¨, ¨el Museo de los mundos imaginarios, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Curadori Rodrigo Alonso.

Paula Toto Blake es Licenciada en Artes Plásticas por la Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Nacional de La Plata y completa sus estudios con Eduardo Medici, Sergio Bazan, Gumier Maier, Mónica Girón, Jorge Lopez Anaya y Alan Pauls. Fotografías intervenidas, instalaciones, videos, objetos y hasta una línea de joyas inspiradas en sus obras, integran el corpus de trabajos de la artista, siempre siguiendo el hilo conductor de lo que marca su sensibilidad respecto al entorno social que la rodea y sus experiencias personales: los temas, las sensaciones, los intereses emergen y luego el soporte adecuado intenta plasmar esos interrogantes. Continue reading

Tony Cragg is Happiest in his Studio: “Sculpture is at the cutting edge of material investigation.”

Thicket, 2016. Rusted steel. No. 20280. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

Why is Tony Cragg’s art unlike anything anyone has ever seen? What does it “say” to a range of viewers in Teheran, London, Moscow, Berlin, and New York (solo show Marian Goodman, closed October 14, 2017)? Cragg is modest about his global platform, his knighthood, and whatever else takes him out of his studio, where he is bent on his theory of materiality – creating art that enlarges our mindsets by inventing new forms, processes, and uses of materials. In October, 2017, his traveling exhibit opened at Teheran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the largest contemporary museums in the world. In May, 2018, New York visitors and regulars will find Cragg’s monumental sculpture on Park Avenue.  How did Cragg’s vision boost his practice from early temporary spaces – one  in a Jehovah’s Witness basement —  to his present studio complex in a former army base in Wuppertal, Germany? Read on, and also see http://www.tony-cragg.com/ and www.mariangoodman.com/artist/tony-cragg. Continue reading

Paula Rivero – Proceso de Síntesis

INSTALACION CERAMICAS

Paula Rivero se propuso llegar a su silencio. Su obra sigue un hilo conductor a lo largo de los años aun cuando cambien los soportes, formatos o técnicas. Su factura se reconoce tanto en los empastes de las pinturas, la resina, los collages sobre telas y papeles, las esculturas que combinan hierro con pieles y las figuras trabajadas en birome, lápiz y acuarela. Los temas recurrentes, desde lo conceptual pivotean entre lo femenino, la palabra velada y los lazos que vinculan o someten; las figuras del corsette y de las alas, son tipologías que le sirven para vehiculizar estas inquietudes. En su producción más reciente, estas constantes siguen un proceso de síntesis donde prevalece la economía de recursos y hasta cambia la paleta por la presencia del blanco y el sepia. Continue reading

Robert Wilson: The World is his Studio

© Maria Baranova

Robert Wilson’s studio, The Watermill Center, is an international think tank and work space that is continuously evolving in its relationships with nature, its art collection and buildings, and the communities it serves. Two among many lessons I learned from my two visits there are that “it takes a village” to fully nurture and nourish every individual artist, and it requires intensive and sometimes grueling work on the part of each artist to realize his/her/their individual and collective dreams. Continue reading

In the Studio: Huy Bui: Structures for Hope and Survival

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Plant-in City, Moss, 2012, 48″ x 18″ x 24″, Installation, Huy Bui

The artist Huy Bui says it best:

We are living in precarious times where human greed, stupidity and ignorance threaten the existence of all life on Earth.  It is our moment as humans to reflect on ourselves and confront a destination once thought as fiction that is now our probable future. The sixth extinction is in progress but our potential to problem solve is remarkable.  Our actions and policies in the next generation will determine the fate of species for thousands of years to come, if not millions.   Continue reading

Santiago Lena – Formas que vibran al ritmo del cuerpo

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Versiones de la intemperie, Gres (1230ºC), Alfarería y Modelado. 36 piezas de diferentes medidas. Año: 2013. Lugar: Museo E. Caraffa. Córdoba

Santiago Lena es autodidacta. En 2000, con apenas 21 años, comienza a trabajar con la cerámica gres, investigando, aprendiendo y tomándola como piedra fundamental de su obra. Piezas que nacen de la pura materialidad la cual puede surgir de la reelaboración de otras piezas rotas o encontradas que fueron hechas a su vez con cerámica. Una obra que no es caprichosa sino que responde a un estado perceptivo y sensible donde luego los conceptos encarnan en la materia y no a la inversa. Continue reading

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Heaven, Wind (title) Boat-shaped flower basket (description), 2014. 66 x 17.5 x 34.5 cm.

The Gate, a floor-to-ceiling curviling tiger bamboo structure by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, rises up at The Met, its woven, brown-flecked flaxen limbs both hugging the floor and flying into the heavens.  It’s unlike any of the other ninety works on view at The Met. The flowing entrance spires signal a new era for bamboo design, craft, and sculpture. For one, this bamboo has been recycled ten times and was, for example, in a different configuration of rising braided arms at the Museé Guimet in Paris.   Continue reading