Artists: Gabriel Baggio, Daniel Joglar, Irina Kirchuk, Andrés Paredes and Augusto Zanela
Curator: Julio Sánchez
Coordinator: Santiago Bengolea
Opening: Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Fundación Proa presents a new edition of the series of artistic interventions at the Contemporary Space: projects conceived specially to reflect on the building’s architectural design and defy exhibition spaces.
In this opportunity, Proa invited art critic and curator Julio Sánchez. He called five artists to intervene different locations with site-specific projects that propose a new perspective on the chosen space.
From November 12th until January 2012, the Fuga versátil exhibition presents works by Gabriel Baggio, Daniel Joglar, Irina Kirchuk, Andrés Paredes and Augusto Zanela. In words of curator Julio Sánchez, in this show, “a fugue is created, a counter point of voices that penetrate the space to generate a vibrant combustion of forms and color."
Gabriel Baggio expands his flowers to reach the wall of the terrace. Daniel Joglar’s subtle lines take over the passage connecting the foyer to the Library. Irina Kirchuk chooses the outline of the second floor elevator; Andrés Paredes his dragonflies at the Café and Augusto Zanela places his view of the world at the entrance to the Auditorium.
Fuga versátil is coordinated by Santiago Bengolea and sponsored by Ternium.
Fuga versátil, by Julio Sánchez
Dragonflies arrive. Flowers blossom. A cascade of blue. A herd of colors surround the grey. The world expands. Everything within Proa’ s building seems to become more intense as five artists charged at it so as to turn it to a volcano. Technically they did something for which there is no Spanish word, something we know en English as site-specific that is to create a work conceived for specific location – only for that one and never for another. This implies that it is necessary to select a place to later transmute throughout the artwork, incorporating each artist’s poetry to the walls, floors and ceilings. The space they intervene is not unexposed –as would a white canvas– but rather on the contrary the material, be it concrete, glass or wood, is in the surface, as are the building’s architectural design, the functionality of the space and the circulation of its visitors. Here, the artist cannot break in as a battering ram but must infiltrate like water. As a matter of fact, it will need to have the dynamics of fluid to be able to adapt to what is already there. He will need to be versatile as the Tao’s bamboo. Who will contribute with these characteristics? From the province of Misiones (Argentina), Andres Paredes embarks with gigantic dragonflies that forecast a storm, while bearing secret images in their wings. Daniel Joglar subtlety creates the poetics of space (quoting French philosopher Gaston Bachelard) with blue stripes that evoke waterfalls or vibrations on a summer day. Gabriel Baggio is an expert on identifying flower patterns on everyday life objects, which he later modifies, creating hierarchy and setting it in space. The grey concrete sculptural case of the elevator is embraced by the colorful plastic redesigned by Irina Kirchuk. Augusto Zanela draws heavy lines which, only from a specific stand point can be read as the logo for the Earth, using a renovated mathematical technique: anamorphosis. The volcano is not geological but musical. Between the five artists a fugue is created, a counter point of voices that penetrate the space to generate a vibrant combustion of forms and color.