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The 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana
and Birds of Clay Oil and Ashes
June 2 October 2005
its 26th installment, the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts
celebrates its 50th anniversary! This years exhibition carries
the title Thrust. From 23 June to 2 October, eighteen international
art institutions from all over the world will present eighteen separate
shows in a single space in an attempt to answer the question: What
are the graphic arts and consequently, what is art in general
in todays world?
Proyecto'ace, an international art center in Buenos Aires,
Argentina is presenting "Cupí and Birds of Clay Oil
and Ashes" an installation by Rimer Cardillo which deals
with the concept of the north and south habitats of the Americas.
Alicia Candiani, curator of the project says:
The installation of Rimer Cardillo at the Tobacnas Factory
hosts a large wall covered with hundreds of silk-screened images
printed on paper with clay, oil and ashes. The prints establish
a dialogue with a self-standing piece in the shape of a cone: a
Cupí. This cone is made by hundreds of hand-made embossed
papers woven between hundreds of threads that shape it. The appearance
of the cone is of a white eggshell, fragile and delicate. Technically
the work began with a negative impression taken by plaster molds
from the birds corpses (negative printing), which generate
other versions (positive printing) that evolve into pieces made
of terra cotta, bronze or paper. Photographs of these pieces are
digitally manipulated and finally silkscreen-printed in several
layers on paper.
The artist uses printmaking processes but disregards the edition,
the traditional printing matrixes and inks. Instead, he uses plaster
molds, acetates, petrol, clay or ashes, all of them elements that
are part of the reality of our time.
Candiani chose Cardillo as she wants work to explore the opening
of printmaking technical and conceptual frontiers -as a necessary
change to encompass the XXI Century political and artistic world
transformations- while attempting to focus on Latin America as a
territory of interrelated differences. The Uruguayan master Rimer
Cardillo, who was a prize winner at the Seventeenth Ljubljana Biennial,
in 1987 represents very well the contemporary Latin American artist
involved in cultural displacements, who creates art from
Latin America without necessarily living in Latin America.
The artist was born in Montevideo and studied in his home city as
well as in Berlin and Leipzig, Germany while currently lives between
New Paltz and New York in the United States. He has been included
in major international exhibitions such as Venice and Havana Biennials
at the same time that he has participated in the printmaking circuit,
displaying his works at Krakow, Norway, Taipei and Puerto Rico print
biennials and triennials. Recently a retrospective of works on paper
was exhibited at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New York.
For further press information on the show, please contact Alicia
Candiani firstname.lastname@example.org and/or see http://www.rimercardillo.com.