Galería Nora Fisch is one of the 12 galleries selected by curator Inés Katzenstein to participate in the Focus Argentina section of ARCO Madrid. The gallery’s booth presents the works of two relevant artists from Buenos Aires, Juan Tessi and Elba Bairon.
Juan Tessi (b. 1972) explores the language of painting from a standpoint of ongoing experimentation about the medium’s ability to incarnate the themes of desire, performance, surveillance, while rejoicing in his mastery of the painterly gesture, approaching painting as both surface and object. Even in his most abstract works the presence of the body is implied, as in the series painted by following the audio instructions of an 80´s make-up tutorial. The works selected by the curator include a couple of his “Ceramic” pieces, which in fact utilise no painting in
itself at all. The background color is attained by superimposing several semi sheer cotton fabrics of different colours, over which he draws a schematic body with permanent marker. The “heads” of these bodies are ceramics pieces made by the artist which are attached to the side of the canvas, protruding into the space which surrounds it. In 2016 Juan Tessi presented a solo exhibition at MALBA, Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, one
of the main institutions in the city. His works have also been shown at the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires; Kbh Kunsthal_Centenniale, Copenhagen; Casa Triangulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Museum of Contemporary Art of Rosario, Argentina; Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil, among other venues.
Elba Bairon (b. 1947 in Bolivia, resides in Buenos Aires since 1967) is one of themost prominent living woman sculptors in Argentina. The two works we are bringing to ARCO belong to the same series she has presented in her solo exhibition at MALBA in 2013. This series refer to the legacy of classic European sculpture, in this sense they convey an atmosphere of timelessness, yet the figures appear as in a state of dissolution and melting of their human shapes (or as emerging as such). This formal aspect is the result of the proprietary technique Bairon employs to build these sculptures. They are constructed by layers of paper paste and stucco, which are each sanded before the next one is applied, the final form of the piece emerges in the process of the build-up of layers of this fragile material (paper paste) hardened by the stucco. Bairon’s works have been shown at Centro Cultural Rojas, Fundación Telefónica, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Fundación Proa, Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires;
Museo Parque de las Esculturas Santiago de Chile; Latin American Institute of Rome, Italy; Cándido Mendes Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Art Basel, Switzerland, among others.