Buenos Aires

Fabián Bercic

Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo

Trying to find one’s way through Fabián Bercic’s maze of twisted shapes, to follow the interwoven coils of ornament in his recent exhibition “Natural,” was an exciting challenge. Even more astonishing was to see that such sophisticated patterns of design and color were made out of the most banal of materials: plastic—or, more specifically, polyester resin. But the lavish designs and cheap material seemed curiously at ease with each other, as if some kind of syncretism had occurred. The combination gave the objects the appearance—the shiny gloss, the perfect finish—of a souvenir. Except for their scale: Bercic’s latest works are in the range of three yards long and wide—hard to carry away with you.

The ornamental designs were not inspired by simple twigs or blossoming buds, but drawn from medieval manuscript illuminations. These medieval marginalia—floral and otherwise—were far from peripheral;

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