Order in Disorder

By MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires presents three exhibitions simultaneously. Geometric works of the Chilean artist Liliana Iturriaga curated by Patricio Zárate, and those of Miguel Ángel Giovanetti curated by Laura Casanovas, are combined with abstract art by Catalina Chervin under the curatorship of Ángel Navarro.

Concentrical 001-L (2019) by Iturriaga LilianaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

The three exhibitions dialogue by appealing both to knowledge and to the world of sensitivity, in an ordered installation containing a certain amount of disorder, like an aesthetic entropy that achieves a new order.

CONCÉNTRICO MAC-02 (Amarillo) (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Concentrics - LILIANA ITURRIAGA
The nature of the geometric, essentially numerical but also descriptive, despite the certainty, holds an enigma within.

CONCÉNTRICO MAC-01 (Morado) (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Escultura acrilica mac4 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

In this search process, Liliana Iturriaga has decided to go beyond the usual conventions of kineticism and geometry, to put them to the test, to push the possibilities of their use to the extreme, until reaching their complete dissolution.

Escultura acrilica mac5 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

ESCULTURA CON MOTOR MAC-08 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Concentrico retroiluminada 39 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

The visual form reproduces the order of nature, proposing an autonomous, but at the same time relative, generic organization; considering its own axis and a constant drive.

Concentrico retroiluminada 34 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Concentrico retroiluminada 36 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Concentrico retroiluminada 37 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

The linear tension caused by the sinuosity enables expansion but, at the same time, contains it through the weft, accentuating the internal tension of opposing forces, between what tries to leave and what tends to stay around the center.

ESCULTURA SUSPENDIDA RETROILUMINADA MAC-38 (2020) by Liliana IturriagaMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

The circular shapes try to maintain their prevalence, while the lines overlap and release, generating a movement that is no longer sufficient for itself, but always tries to escape, this way or another.

Fragmentos de Pentágonos 8 (2016) by Miguel Angel GiovanettiMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

​Fragments of pentagones - MIGUEL ANGEL GIOVANETTI
For a decade, artist Miguel Ángel Giovanetti has placed the pentagon at the center of his geometric abstraction work, giving it freedom of movement with different compositional and technical points of view.

Fragmento de Pentágono 124 (2019) by Miguel Angel GiovanettiMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

In his most recent works, this regular polygon seems to explode with the force of the Big Bang, throwing multiple fragments into space, which acquire the importance of autonomous units made up of groups of parallel straight lines of varied chromaticism and harmonious rhythms.

Fragmento de Pentágono 65 (2017) by Miguel Angel GiovanettiMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

In some drawings, the cut-out figure rises subtly on the background of the paper while, in others, it submerges slightly as it is surrounded by a passepartout following its perimeter.

The artist privileges, on this occasion, the drawing executed with gel pen on paper. In a perfectionist intention, the structure yields its rigidity to a vibrant and delicate color scheme with a predominance of green, orange, yellow, red and blue.

Fragmento de Pentágono 05 (2016) by Miguel Angel GiovanettiMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Movement prevails in these works by proposing specific directions and is increased in videos through fragments which perform virtual rotations; those, in turn, play with the possibility of completeness, unfolded or condensed. Each image is linked, then, with past and future moments starting from an event of expansive lines and colors.

Sin título XVI , Serie de los dibujos montados en tela (2011) by Catalina ChervínMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Atomspheres and Enthropy - CATALINA CHERVÍN
Catalina's works depart from a minimal sign, an elementary particle, a mark left by her pen, rotring pen, or nib so that, like a demiurge, she begins to build an extraordinary, ethereal and subtle world.

Huella Digital , Serie de los dibujos montados en tela (2012) by Catalina ChervínMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Sin título I_Serie de los Paisajes Escritos (2012) by Catalina ChervínMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

Small marks which are grouped, assembled, broken, amalgamated, joined...

... while inviting us to immerse ourselves in a universe of extraordinary atmospheres, ferric lights, elegant shadows, shimmering views, quiet areas and landscapes, diverse beings, objects isolated or interconnected, alone or in groups.

Sin título IV , Serie Street Art 2/2 (2019) by Catalina ChervínMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

It is a message where that minimum sign is the word, applied to an archaic, simple and described surface, such as those of the papers chosen by Catalina Chervín for each of her works, a universe of whimsical and seductive fibers receiving the signs of her message.

Sin título II , Serie de los Paisajes Escritos (2019) by Catalina ChervínMACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires

The works become included in a context and surrounded by an aura, creating a here and now. The viewer can move and decide about the time of reception; it is a space where they can make their choices freely, manifesting the relativism of their point of view, thus understanding the message of the work through geometry, mathematics, algorithms but also through sensibility, crossing atmospheres of color which lead them to diverse worlds.

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Prepared by Carolina González
Curated by Jorgelina Girotti

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