Buenos Aires

Adrián Villar Rojas

Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte

In his short essay “Dream Kitsch,” written in 1925, Walter Benjamin employs the metaphor of dust to describe the run-down state of dreams in modernity. Like the disappearance of aura, he says, dreams are no longer removed from concrete experience but are tangible and near. They have lost their romantic dimension, their “blue horizon,” fading into a sad grayness that resembles the polluted atmosphere of everyday life. Adrián Villar Rojas’s dusty installation Lo que el fuego me trajo (What the Fire Brought Me), 2008, phantasmagoric ruins right at hand, is like one of those dilapidated dreams materialized.

In the downstairs space of the gallery, Villar Rojas used bricks, cement, sand, and piles of debris to create a sort of stage imbued with the fluid vagaries of the unconscious. Here and there as you walked through, broken statues, bone fragments, and ancient tools, almost all made of unbaked

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