Eugenia Garay Basualdo

  • Marcella Cabutti, Solar pieces, 2021, stone and clay spheres from Sierra La Bachicha, 4 x 8 x 4".
    picks August 24, 2021

    Marcela Cabutti

    In 2020, Marcela Cabutti was invited to make a work in Balcarce, Argentina. The site of a long-ago meteor impact, the city is rumored to have a strange energy. What’s more, Balcarce is located on part of the Río de la Plata Craton, a 2,200-million-year-old Precambric territory that has the same geological composition as Namibia, with which it was once joined. Determined to tap into this energy, but also to keep her environmental impact to a minimum, Cabutti took samples of clay, kaolin, and stones from the neighboring quarries to design small-scale models for larger sculptures to be realized

  • Paul Sende, Link II, 2020, acrylic, wood, LED, 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 × 3/4".
    picks July 23, 2021

    Paul Sende

    Designed digitally but built manually, artist Paul Sende’s sculptures and light installations unite the handmade and high-tech. Hung on opposing walls of Sende’s exhibition “A Garden in Space,” Link I, 2021, and Link II, 2021, both rely on a system of visual effects produced through the combination of tradition and innovation. To create these works, the artist insets LED lights into custom-built frames of white fiberboard, sealing them in with translucent Plexiglas in a variety of hues. The resulting visual effects create areas of color and shadow, projecting an image in the empty space of the

  • View of Patternless tapestry, 2021, scraps of theatrical set elements and mirrors on canvas, 88 1/2 x 84 x 23 1/2". Photo: Matías Romero.
    picks May 28, 2021

    RICAS (Clara Campagnola & Dana Ferrari)

    With this exhibition, the duo RICAS (Clara Campagnola and Dana Ferrari) inject a DIY exuberance into the upscale residential corner of Arroyo and Esmeralda Street. “Colección RICAS” explores the aesthetic potential of everyday disposable goods through objects, installations, and a video that exert a powerful visual pull, even as they project a certain frivolousness in spirit.

    The skillful deployment of these materials calls into question the lines between art and craft, while the wordplay in the works’ titles points to a more complex conceptual strategy. For instance, Adorno, Dialectic of

  • Pablo La Padula, Mediterranean Cabinet (detail), 2019–2021, 55 x 24 x 47".
    picks April 26, 2021

    Pablo La Padula

    A trained biologist, Pablo La Padula positions his art practice as a means of understanding the world beyond scientific mandates. He spurns the conventional method of classifying objects and prefers instead to learn from nature directly, without preconceptions, in an attempt to adopt the perspective of his prehistoric ancestors. In 2019, he visited Saint-Tropez for the first time as part of an artistic residency. Taking on the role of naturalist, the artist ventured deep into the Maritime Alps to experience for himself what the first explorations of the virgin forests might have felt like,

  • View of Fabián Bercic’s “Meteora,” 2021.
    picks April 20, 2021

    Fabián Bercic

    Fabián Bercic’s exhibition “Meteora” disrupts a sense of linear time, mingling realities from distinctly different eras. The sculptures on display are saturated with the futuristic aesthetic of 1970s sci-fi cinema, which in turn revived the architectonic designs of Constructivism. The two tripodlike metallic “spaceships,” both titled Meteora, 2021, could be perceived as archaeological discoveries from our past, or maybe as visitors from our future. A similar temporal slipperiness can be ascribed to a totemic structure made of snow in the middle of a Patagonian forest, presented through a series