Jorge Macchi, Cover 04, 2012, oil on canvas, 6' 4 3/4“ x 10' 2”.

Jorge Macchi

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC)

Jorge Macchi, Cover 04, 2012, oil on canvas, 6' 4 3/4“ x 10' 2”.

One of the first works I ever encountered by Jorge Macchi was Vidas Paralelas (Parallel Lives), 1998, in which two rectangular pieces of glass with almost identical patterns of cracks are placed next to one another on a simple white platform. The broken pieces of glass exuded a timid but irrefutable silence from within the edges of their fragmentation. There seemed to be a sort of premonition hidden in the temporal disjunction between the two panes, each of which condensed the obscure singularity of its originary event. One of the two panes had actually experienced the “original rupture,” a single blow inflicted with enough might to yield these random yet irreversible effects. Thus, the (im)possible parallelism of the title disclosed the making of the other pane of glass as an exercise in careful repetition, challenging the untranslatable but (almost) repeatable beginning implicit

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