Buenos Aires

David Armando Guerra

Belleza y Felicidad

David Armando Guerra is an Artaud-like figure who still believes revolution is not only about the transfer of power but about changing reality. “There are bombs that need to be put somewhere, but at the base of most of the present habits of thought,” Artaud wrote in 1926. Guerra’s recent exhibition of collages and objects ranging from 1990 to 2005 was all about demolishing those habits. There is a freshness to these works that recalls the operations of magic, the “aha moment” that art can sometimes still grant us. It is true that since Picasso’s invention of collage in 1912, the coexistence of images, words, and objects has become a familiar artistic method. And yet with Guerra, the freedom to mix materials and media, to emphasize abrupt juxtapositions and discontinuities, and to do all this with wit seems curiously new and radical again.

Born in 1978, Guerra has worked as a butcher, grocer,

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