Objects of Beauty

September 10 – November 4, 2015

This exhibition explored artworks that are a formal or conceptual departure from traditional media, engaging the spectators in dialogues that question traditional concepts of material, utility and space. Objects of Beauty  featured works by the following artists: 

Carolina Sardi is a multifaceted sculptor who is also interested in producing jewelry and furniture. She translated her trademark work into silver for fine pieces, and to steel for tables, resulting in beautiful yet functional pieces.

Rusty Scruby’s pieces combine photography with weaving. A photographer, an engineer and third generation weaver, Scruby combines all his trades in his unique pieces.

William Cannings is represented by his trademark metal “inflated” objects. In this show we have two pieces: Mirage and Tower of Innertubes. The first one is an installation of elements that look like lifesavers,the combination of light sand shadows creates a new piece on the walls, therefore the title. The second is literally a “tower” of inner-tubes.

Abel Barroso’s fixation with technology has led him to reproduce all kinds of artifacts made out of wood, in a humorous way. In this exhibition he is represented by a wood telephone and a foosball “machine”. His pieces are made in a realistic scale and many of them are functional.

Nora Correas’ pieces appear to be inspired by fashion, but on a closer inspection we discover that her dresses are representing the human body by association.

Leon Ferrari is known for his rebellious pieces and for his calligraphic representations.  In this display he is modifying architectural planes as art pieces.

Gustavo Acosta continues exploring the relationship between architecture and man. The pieces in this exhibition reflect his interest in architectural details, to the point that some become almost abstract. 

Carlos Estevez’s boxes are objects made with items that he collects and give new life. Each one becomes a contained universe in itself and includes symbols that represent this philosophy. Ideas, thoughts, and feelings, are left by him encoded for us to interpret.

Roberto Matta’s chair is a humorous homage to Rene Magritte. Reproducing the iconic hats and apples Matta is defying people to use his chair, which becomes more of a sculpture than a chair in terms of functionality.

Tracey Snelling pieces in this exhibition are inspired by cinema and graphic design. At first they seem like posters made for movies, one for a horror film and the second from a romantic film scene.    

Dora Isdatne’s metal and ceramic “plants” recreate the real ones in linear and clean forms. Her delicate rendering of leaves would last forever due to the everlasting quality of the enamel.

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