Nicanor Aráoz (Buenos Aires, 1981) produces objects, installations and sculptures using as reference images from comics, imagery from the Internet and romantic mythologies taken from gothic art. In his works, procedures involving the making of a surrealistic object, such as the assembly of dissimilar elements and a oneiric component, take on frantic forms resembling nightmares where pleasure and pain seem to merge. Aráoz uses materials as if they were to expiate sadistic sensations and takes them to the utmost limits of expressivity and torsion. In narrative scenes, he mixes plaster monsters, amorphous masses of resin, trainers, neon lights and biscuits with embalmed cats, mice and birds, thus shaping a world of emotional psychedelics with visual references to the domestic environment of an adolescent.
His latest works include Because I am never what I have (The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, 2017); Antología genética (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 2016); Glótica (Barro, Buenos Aires, 2015); IMNXTC (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, 2013). Aráoz has received a scholarship from ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York) where he studied for three months during 2017.
[...] The construction of Gothic environments can be envisioned as an obsessive insistence that has gradually perfected Nicanor Aráoz’s art. That energy is a form of imagination that operates by exacerbating the tensions that organize the real: its expressive language is the symptomatic torment produced by the historical and hysterical antagonisms between good and evil, the healthy and the sick, the sanctioned and the perverse, crime and law, the repressive control of forms and the monstrous abundance of the deformed.
16.03.2020 After careful consideration and taking into account the recommendations of authorities and health specialists in relation to COVID-19, Barro will open only by appointment. We will inform about the opening of “Eyeballing. Golf a go go” by Alejandra Seeber and “Requiem” by Rubén Baldemar. Follow us in our social media accounts for more information about news and activities.
21.02.2020 Escenarios Dinámicos. Exhibition that brings together the works selected and awarded in the Visual Arts Contest 2019 of theFondo Nacional de las Artes. At Casa Nacional del Bicentenario, Buenos Aires.
03.02.2020 As geological and political territories erode, Earth becomes a more volatile entity. Facing Earth by Agustina Woodgate at George Mason University, Washington DC, USA.
01.02.2020 The proposal of the Faivovich & Goldberg duo turns the room into a pavilion for the exhibition of the meteorite, one of pieces of the Museum Collection. Museo Historico Provincial de Rosario Dr. Julio Marc.
15.12.2019 Miami Beach, USA. The gallery includes works by Matías Duville, Gabriel Chaile and Amalia Ulman. The Nova sector features strong juxtapositions and pieces fresh from the artist's studio.
03.12.2019 The Source by Agustina Woodgate in Disruptions at Collins Park, Miami. Curated by Diana Wechsler & Florencia Battitii for Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires.
02.12.2019 Renacimiento, 2019 in The Last Supper, Faena Festival Miami. Curated by Zoe Lukov. Ph: Geraldine (oven), 2019. Iron structure, fire clay bricks, adobe and topsoil, 320 x 200 x 120 cm.
08.11.2019 Exhibition: Bardo — 5 años. Group Show. Artists: Nicanor Aráoz, Diego Bianchi, Joaquín Boz, Gabriel Chaile, Nicola Costantino, Matías Duville, Faivovich & Goldberg, Mónica Giron, Nani Lamarque, Martín Legón, Mondongo, Marcelo Pombo, Miguel Angel Ríos, Alejandra Seeber, Amalia Ulman, Agustina Woodgate.
24.09.2019 Acople. Curated by Jimena Ferreiro. This show proposes to dramatize some ideas-strength that organize the local art narrative through a matching system, as random as inscribed in the personal canon of the artists involved.
20.09.2019 At London Open House 2019, London UK @openhouselondon. Curators: Melina Berkenwald & Alessio Antoniolli @gasworkslondon