Galeria De Arte Ruth Benzacar. (Reviews).JORGE MACCHI
You couldn't think of a more deceptive title for this exhibition than "Fuegos de artificio" (Fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to ). There is nothing either spectacular or transient about these mostly white, gray, and black works that, even when not downright small, are rather discreet in character. Since the late '80s, Jorge Macchi has been making these cryptic works in diverse media. They're easily overlooked at art fairs or biennials, so it's not surprising that Macchi has not yet enjoyed great international success. A comprehensive view of his recent work, "Fireworks" showed it to be richer than many a more eye-catching oeuvre. Intimidad (Intimacy), 2001, consisted of eight small white balconies, each just big enough for one person, mounted on the wall at regular intervals. As in many of Macchi's works, there is a strong sense of muteness here, in this case paired with a feeling of solitude and impossibility. Despite Intimacy's Minimalist references and slick finish, its tone is understatedly poetic and melancholy. The Speaker's Cor ner, 2002, also evokes muteness and impossibility. To make this piece, Macchi cut out dozens of newspaper headlines and excised the words from them, leaving behind nothing but quotation marks quotation marks
the punctuation marks used to begin and end a quotation, either `` and '' or ` and '
quotation marks npl → comillas fpl
, which have been pinned up and framed in a glass box. The title refers to the place in London's Hyde Park Hyde Park, park, London, England
Hyde Park, 615 acres (249 hectares) in Westminster borough, London, England. Once the manor of Hyde, a part of the old Westminster Abbey property, it became a deer park under Henry VIII. where people go to make public speeches. The quotation marks framing empty space assume elegantly sinuous sinuous /sin·u·ous/ (sin´u-us) bending in and out; winding.
bending in and out; winding. lines as they hang loosely in the box.
This play with language and writing continued throughout the exhibition, always in a subdued way. Nocturno--Variacion sobre el Nocturno No. 1 de Erik Satie Noun 1. Erik Satie - French composer noted for his experimentalism and rejection of Romanticism (1866-1925)
Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, Satie (Nocturne--variation on Nocturne nocturne (nŏk`tûrn) [Fr.,=night piece], in music, romantic instrumental piece, free in form and usually reflective or languid in character. John Field wrote the first nocturnes, influencing Chopin in the writing of his 19 nocturnes for piano. No. 1 by Erik Satie), 2002, consists of a musical score written with nails that pierce the staff paper. La cancion del final (The song of the end), 2001, a video made in collaboration with Alejandro Gonzalez Novoa, shows the final credits of a black-and-white film, blurred and projected in a loop. Shown in a separate room, a series of six drawings each titled Les Feuilles mortes (Dead leaves), 2001, consists of small pieces of lined paper that have been punched with holes in delicate abstract compositions. On a different note, Horizonte (Horizon), 2000, was a line of nails arranged horizontally on the wall with a lamp positioned at either end; the shadows cast by the nails draw a dark horizontal line (Descriptive Geometry & Drawing) a constructive line, either drawn or imagined, which passes through the point of sight, and is the chief line in the projection upon which all verticals are fixed, and upon which all vanishing points are found.
See also: Horizontal across the wall. And then there was Fuegos de artificio, 2002, a large drawing made with mud. At the bottom is a bootprint, t he rectangular marks of the sole printed in mud; above it, the same footstep seems to have exploded, the tiny marks increasingly separated from one another. A series of forty-six small watercolors (1996-2001) created visual puns by depicting such objects as a leafless tree joined to a knife's handle; a recently putout put·out
n. Baseball Abbr. PO
A play in which a batter or a baserunner is retired.
Noun 1. putout - an out resulting from a fielding play (not a strikeout); "the first baseman made 15 putouts" matchstick whose smoke is represented in a washed-out black from the burned match head; a watering can pouring black water in the form of roots.
In a highly laudatory laud·a·to·ry
Expressing or conferring praise: a laudatory review of the new play.
(of speech or writing) expressing praise
Adj. review of this exhibition in the Buenos Aires Herald The Buenos Aires Herald is an English language daily newspaper from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Under the original name of The Buenos Ayres Herald, it was founded in 1876 by Scottish immigrant William Cathcart. , the prominent critic Alma Tortosa praised Macchi as "the ultimate Argentine artist." Macchi is indeed an exceptional artist in his national context, quite simply because it's difficult to find anyone to compare him with. If he seems typically Argentine, this is rather because of his proximity to the country's rich literary tradition, with its propensity for fable, paradox, and linguistic play--Cortazar and Borges are only the first to come to mind. One would expect to find more such work in the Buenos Aires art scene, but only Macchi seems able to deliver.