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Bernardo Ortiz, 12 Asuntos Abstractos (12 Abstract Matters), 2012, mixed media. Installation view.

Bernardo Ortiz

Galeria Casas Riegner

Bernardo Ortiz, 12 Asuntos Abstractos (12 Abstract Matters), 2012, mixed media. Installation view.

Bernardo Ortiz’s work often involves the rewriting and reconceptualization of images. Using drawing as his favorite technique, he takes existing images and pictures them anew, frequently via obsolete processes. Such transformations were showcased in the works in “Printed,” his recent show at Casas Riegner’s new project space, La Oficina del Doctor. For example, 12 Asuntos Abstractos (12 Abstract Matters), 2012, an installation that Ortiz first presented at the São Paulo Bienal that same year, departs from James Ensor’s etching Stars in the Cemetery, 1888. Ensor’s image lies at the edge of abstraction, and it was precisely the idea that its subject was on the verge of disappearance that attracted Ortiz.

Emitting from a vinyl record playing continuously in the gallery, one heard the voice of a Brazilian woman who was given the task of dividing the etching into a grid of one-centimeter

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