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Three Argentinian installation artists

Posted on October - 1 - 2017

Photo courtesy: Tomás Saraceno

Our fascination for installation artists continues, and we direct our attention to the artists hailing from Argentina. Following a tradition of bold experimentation and unlimited creativity, Argentina had been particularly prolific in the 60’s with a slowdown in the 70’s and early 80’s, but coming into the new millennium with equal instability. Still, there is something about this tumultuous environment that generates outstanding artists that resound internationally, that the world can’t get enough.

Here are some installation artists that not only excel in their country, but also have managed to engage and get the attention of the international art world.

Leandro Elrich 

A visual trickster and an architect of deceptive spaces, Elrich creates environments where he uses illusion to confound and distort reality and disorientate the spectator, absorbing them into a world where established rules are bent and broken. He’s mostly known for his immersive settings where he uses referential architectural elements. One of his most famous works includes the Dalston House, where he constructed a life-size model of a façade on the ground under a tilted mirror, inviting the spectators to “climb” all over the building.  He also represented Argentina at the 49th Venice Biennial in 2001 and has participated in other biennials as well as international exhibitions.

Leandro Elrich “Dalston house”. Photo courtesy: Installation Magazine

Adrián Villar Rojas 

The young sculptor from Rosario captured the art world’s attention with one of his first massive sculptures presented at the Biennale of the End of The World, titled My Dead Family, which consisted of a life-size sculpture of a whale set in the middle of the forest. In his sculptures and installations, he deals with themes such as a post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has fallen into destruction, and all that is left are the remains of culture. Villar Rojas also went on to represent Argentina at the 54th Venice Biennale with his larger than life installation. His work has been shown in prestigious galleries and institutions all over the world, including the Serpentine, Kurimanzutto, Marion Goodman, MoMA PS1 among others. This year Villar Rojas was awarded the annual commission to design a work of art for the Roof of the Metropolitan Museum. In this instance, the artist created a site-specific installation, where he digitally scanned works of the museum and created 16 sculptures that constitute his Theater of Disappearance, making him the youngest sculptor to receive the annual commission.

Adrian Villar Rojas “The Theather of Disappearance”. Photo courtesy: Domus

Tomás Saraceno 

Another artist whose purpose is to create immersive installations is Tomás Saraceno, who, thanks to his training as an architect, and his research in various disciplines, designs, ethereal and complex structures that are both visually arresting as well as spatially involving. He is one of those artists who manages to harmoniously create overwhelming installations representing spider webs, soap bubbles, neural networks and different intricate networks, fusing together elements of science and technology into beautiful works of art. He has collaborated with various organizations including the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology and in 2015 through his collaboration with meteorologist Lodovica Illari, Saraceno launched Aerocene, a project to draw attention on the impacts of air pollution and the communication of new technologies. Saraceno’s work and career are a true testament that art and technology can be combined to create multidisciplinary projects.

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz