FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Daydreamer and the Bucolic Life He Will Never Get
November 16 – January 19, 2019
Public Reception with the Artist
Friday, November 16, 2018
6-8 PM | LaCa Projects
Charlotte, North Carolina – Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects is pleased to present The Daydreamer and the Bucolic Life He Will Never Get, an exhibition of new work by Buenos Aires-based artist Santiago Quensel. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Using images from places all over the world, including found images and photographs he takes himself, Santiago Quesnel’s paintings create a new, handmade universe, juxtaposing imagery from different viewpoints as a celebration of nature. Remnants of landscapes or simple details are repeatedly overlaid on colorful backgrounds and foregrounds, resulting in a melancholic, atmospheric world that is all his own. Many of these works, painted on tracing paper, take on a sense of fragility, comparable to that found in nature itself. Some describe a scene, or the weather, while other works speak more formally or abstractly, following a more conceptual language.
Quesnel’s body of work is a reflection of natural beauty—nearly everything he creates could exist in nature—but often does not. The painting as a whole is the primary focus, rather than individual details or objects, though there is a logic to the placement of those elements that are intrinsic to the work as it progresses. He emphasizes that placement through blurring or heightened contrast, and his more recent explorations of painting on tracing paper emphasize a deconstructed form, more irresponsible in creation, and help compose a new scene reinforced by the transparency of the medium.
A public opening celebration with the artist will take place at LaCa Projects on Friday, November 16 from 6 – 8 PM. That same evening, LaCa Projects will also be launching PROJECT: Mural, a large-scale mural installation on LaCa’s east-facing wall created by famed Argentinian artist and muralist Franco Fasoli. The event will include specialty drinks served by Basal Coffee, The Dumpling Lady Food Truck, and music by Fannie Mae.
Based in Buenos Aires, Santiago Quesnel is an emerging artist inspired by his upbringing in the pampas of rural Argentina, where he spent his time surrounded by lush topography that ultimately fostered his fascination with creations drawn from pictorial memory. Quesnel’s initial pursuit of film-making in college led to his exploration of painting, and his creations of unusual landscapes that emit a sublime but strange aura, and dually implying a sense of loneliness mixed with divine or human presence.
Quesnel, educated at Universidad de Buenos Aires, studied alongside Jorge Dermigian and Héctor Destefanis, and participated in work clinics with Tomas Espina and Fabián Burgos. He has had solo exhibitions at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the Galeria Jardin Oculto, the Galeria Bacano, La Casa de Tucumán, and the LUX Art Institute (California) and his work can be found in private collections in France, England, the United States, Argentina and Uruguay. Quesnel is an active participant in critic seminars and children’s art instruction in Buenos Aires.