Buenos Aires

Carlos Huffmann

Galería Alberto Sendrós

After seeing Carlos Huffmann’s recent show, you might think that the artist’s own private bible has become The Atrocity Exhibition, the 1970 collection of experimental writings by J. G. Ballard, the science-fiction prophet of the postindustrial world. Like the English author, Huffmann tells of the ways in which the mass media invades and splinters the private mind of the individual, creating enigmatic scenes in which bodies and landscapes are confused. “A hundred-foot-long panel that appeared to represent a section of a sand dune. Looking at it more closely, Dr. Nathan realized that in fact it was an immensely magnified portion of the skin over the iliac crest”: Ballard’s words might as well describe the strange fusion of human and inhuman in Huffmann’s drawings, paintings, and sculpture.

“Common sense has a hidden face,” says Huffmann in an interview in the catalogue. His art portrays

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