No Names is a performance-installation that creates an intimate platform for communication between two people. The installation consists of a light bulb attached to a microphone stand, a chair, and headphones. Unknowingly, by encountering the installation, a visitor becomes connected with a stranger. Their conversation remains private. Coincidently, the scene becomes a performance to those surrounding and observing the conversing participant.
Tonight while you are sleeping I shall eat all of your children
February 24th & 25th // CASA EV
Painting is the art of adding, sculpture the art of subtracting. Painting accumulates and overlaps. Sculpture removes and depletes. Michelangelo used to visit the quarries of Carrara and walk amongst the giant masses of blue and grey looking for his David and his Moses, his Christ and his Pietà trapped inside the stone. Sculpture, in his mind, had nothing to do with creation. It was the art of undressing, of freeing, of liberating. Painting was the opposite; it was about covering, dissembling, dressing up, and hiding. Often, the painter and the sculptor coincide in the same person. Art, then, becomes a game of hide and seek.
Tonight while you are sleeping I shall eat all of your children plays this game with effort and with gusto. Sofía Reynal paints and carves, dressing and undressing precarious surfaces of cement, lacerating and lacquering them. The industrial premade panels offer strong resistance. The material is rough; the artist doesn’t work with it, she works against it. The gaps and furrows are made with a chisel of sorts –a tool that is not made for carving on cement (but then again, cement isn’t really made for being carved on in this way anyway). This intrinsic conflict, the roughness of the material resisting against the inadequate tool, is a key element to the work.
Leaned against the wall, the panels naturally curve by the force of gravity. The curve gives them an aura of grace, an unlikely quality for cement. On the back, full colors ignite the material, and infuse it with a halo of otherworldliness that points to the story that the series is telling, a story of saints and of cannibals –a story of icons.
In Sofía Reynal’s iconographic vision, the auras are furrows carved on rough cement and the saints are abstractions. The intense materiality of these icons emphasizes their narrative quality. An impending threat looms over the industrial monoliths. They are amulets that resist the seemingly inevitable doom expressed by the writing on the wall. They are charms and they are relics, they are portraits and they are also barriers against the heaviest of all forces: decay.
Tonight while you are sleeping I shall eat all of your children points to an experience, it hints at it, it suggests it. It is a mystical experience that it evokes, the instant when two become one –two bodies, two souls, color and cement, human and divine, painting and sculpture. Mystics undress as they enter the temple, symbolically shedding the mortal shell as they leave the body behind and initiate the journey towards the “experience”, the epiphany. Their ritual is a spiritual form of sculpture. Plotinus, the father of western mysticism, understood it thus and gave the following advise to the mystic: Never quit chiseling your own statue. The furrows on these plates signal this ascetic calling. The color on the back, earthy and ponderous, will not let us forget our deep, unbreakable roots to the world.
- Pablo Maurette
Facundo Quinto Huidobro
November 10th - December 20th, 2017 // CASA Bushwick
CASA is pleased to present “12” by Facundo Quinto Huidobro (FQH). Through his sculptures and site-specific installations FQH explores the infinite and ever mutating states of nostalgia, subjectivity, memory and childhood, light and darkness.
His pieces do not necessarily make the viewer contemplate the specific objects they refer to themselves, but rather evoke their past sensations about them. As a scientific theory and engineering enthusiast - there's an intriguing duality in the way FQH obsessively harnesses all forms of metal, common hardware store items and 3D printed accessories, with a do it yourself esthetic to generate timeless pieces that subtly connect the viewer with their past peak experiences and strong imprints woven into their personal and global consciousness.
FQH was born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires. "12" is his first solo exhibition in New York.
FQH currently lives and works in New York.
September 22nd - October 20th, 2017 // CASA Bushwick