Buenos Aires

Nicolás Guagnini

Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana

A single motivo (motif)—the word should be understood in the double sense that it carries in Spanish, that is, as both a single theme and as a single cause—is repeated throughout Nicolás Guagnini’s recent series of paintings. The motivo is a visage, the schematic representation of a face in profile looking to the left. This face is not represented in a realistic way but, rather, it appears to be an amalgamation of decorative fragments or twisted grounds, of allusions to Pop or Op art. Throughout the series of paintings that make up this show, the drawing of the face, imprecise and almost unstable, pierces through the most severe stylistic devices. The allusions to Argentinean Concretism are mixed with quotations from Surrealist painting, while the colors range from the acidic to the caramel-coated, so that the incomplete shape of the face almost dissolves in the tense complexity of the

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