Mueck's sculptures captivate through the change in scale and the realism of his characters, whose gestures subtly convey situations that are full of life and mystery. Contemporary are on view a collection of animated sculptures, drawings and collages by Vanarsky, who incorporated movement as a constitutive dimension of his work.
Curator: Hervé Chandès and Grazia Quaroni
Starting November 16, Fundación Proa presents the first South American exhibition of sculptor Ron Mueck. Conceived by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and curated by its director Hervé Chandès and associate curator Grazia Quaroni, the exhibition's itinerary will continue in the Museu de Arte Moderna do Río de Janeiro from March through June 2014.
Ron Mueck's work is inscribed in the sculptural tradition of the human figure, although the subjects, materials and techniques he employs make him an original, innovative and contemporary artist. His sculptures captivate through the change in scale and the realism of his characters, whose gestures subtly convey situations that are full of life and mystery.
A mother with his son; couples young or old, restless or at ease; a naked man, alone and astray on a boat; these are some of the images that are found in the exhibition. Works that convey a sense of vital and profound inner life, and that express that artist's obsession with technical perfection and with truth. Mueck utilizes resin, fiberglass, silicon and acrylic paint to faithfully represent all the details of human anatomy and construct sculptures that deal with life and death. His works evoke a type of realism that is at once intimate and monumental. In different scales, the artist extraordinarily increases or reduces the size of the body to create situations that touch on the emotions of the spectator. In his text for the catalogue of the exhibition, Robert Storr writes: "His sculptural vignettes are from scenarios that have no beginnings or ends but only uncertain middles, scenarios that do not exist outside of their singular incarnation as stand-alone objects".
In representation of Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Grazia Quaroni will be present in Buenos Aires and available for interviews and meetings with the press.
The exhibition, conceived by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, with the support of the French Embassy in Argentina, is sponsored by Tenaris – Organización Techint in Argentina and Brasil.
Obras 1983 - 2005
Starting November 16, Fundación Proa, in collaboration with Atelier Vanarsky (Paris), presents a collection of animated sculptures, drawings and collages by Jack Vanarsky, an original creator that incorporated movement as a constitutive dimension of his work.
This is the first exhibition of the artist in Buenos Aires since his death in 2009.
For Vanarsky, the book is the leit motiv, the foundation and the receptacle of art. In his works, the incorporation of movement through a simple mechanism creates a new outlook on the common book, that loses its original function, no longer seeking to be read and showing itself in a new light. Like in a game, Vanarsky invites us to share this playful and seductive dimension of the animated object.
The world of handmade toys and the construction of objects for playing is disappearing. Movement, motor mechanics and the book itself are migrating to virtual space. Presenting the exhibition in the context of the Library and in dialogue with a group of books brings forth a new aspect of Vanarsky animated sculptures.
About his work, made up of layers, Vanarsky writes: "I break down a form into a series of profiles, a bit like -minding proportions- impressionists broke down color". A phrase the sums up his view on the book, which he conceives not only as a figure of knowledge but as a work of art.
Close to movements with which he was contemporary, like the "found object" or cinetism, Vanarsky's vanguard work seduces because it opens up the scope of perception of everyday objects and the reflection on knowledge as erudition.
Taking the borgean concepts of labyrinth and the absolute book, two ideas that had a strong influence on the artist, Vanarsky's sculptures are surprisingly incoporated to Proa's Library and establish a dialogue with the surrounding space and books.
The exhibition presents six animated sculptures created by Vanarsky between 1983 and 2005, most of which belong to Atelier Vanarsky's private collection: Los pensamientos de Pascal (1983), Patagón (1991), Los remadores inmóviles (1992), Fluctuat nec Mergitur (1998), Kafka a la ventana (2003) and Laberinto (2005). Along with these sculptures are a series of drawings, collages and photographies that offer a testimony of the artist's creative process. Animalamina (2007), a documentary by Marie Binet, reconstructs Vanarsky's work method, as explained by himself in his studio.
Born in Argentina, Vanarsky created most of his work in Paris. During the 60s, in a context dominated by abstraction and "geometric cinetism", his work developed a hybrid sense: on one hand, being involved with contemporary movements, he employed movement as a defining characteristic of the artistic object; but, on the other, realting his work with the previous figurative tradition, he created realistic and everyday objects, such as faces, butterflies, parts of the human body or his famous moving books.
Image: Jack Vanarsky, Patagón, 1991. Escultura animada: papel bakelizado, madera, pintura y mecanismo eléctrico. 40 x 40 x 17 cm. Col. Helft, Buenos Aires / © Jorge Miño
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