Nicanor Aráoz

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.

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Like the stage designer of a drag terror genre with neon lights and house music, parties for Nicanor Aráoz are a ritual of liberation that are on the verge of descending into the horror of a bad LSD trip.


Nicanor Aráoz. Antología genética. UTDi Tella y Mansalva, Buenos Aires, 2018

Glótica, Nicanor Aráoz. Barro Ediciones, Buenos Aires, 2015


The Armory Show 2018

08.03.2018 New York, USA. For the first time, BARRO is present at The Armory Show. In this edition, Nicanor Aráoz and Amalia Ulman participate with installation, video, drawings, sculpture, and objects. Pier 92, Booth F9.


Metamorphoses – Let Everything Happen to You

06.03.2018 Curated by Chus Martínez for Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy, the exhibition Metamorphoses – Let Everything Happen to You explores the concept of transformation and flourishing through the works of emerging international artists. It includes works of Nicanor Aráoz among other artists. Until June 26th, 2018


ARCO 2018

21.02.2018 Madrid, Spain. Matias Duville and Joaquín Boz (photo) participate in this edition. Booth 7 C02. Until February 25th 2018


Exhibition at Palais de Tokyo

16.02.2018 Paris, France. Nicola Costantino, Martín Legón (photo), Amalia Ulman and Agustina Woodgate participate in the show Video Sur. Le Tarmac, Palais de Tokyio. (Ph: Agustina Woodgate, Cracked, 2015. Video 9:38') Until march 14th 2018


Nicanor Aráoz. Antología Genética

14.02.2018 Book Launch: NICANOR ARÁOZ. ANTOLOGÍA GENÉTICA at La Internacional Argentina bookstoreAntología genética is published by Mansalva Ediciones and Torcuato Di Tella University, based on a curatorial project by Lucrecia Palacios, Alejo Ponce de León and Inés Katzenstein.


Mondongo. What are we going to say after HELLO?

10.02.2018 Mondongo is back in Los Angeles this winter with a performance/installation at Automata in Chinatown, followed by an exhibition of a new series of plasticine works opening at Track16. On January 22, Mondongo will present an artist talk at CalArts, as a presentation of the CalArts Center for New Performance.


Nicola Costantino at Stanford University

07.02.2018 Nicola Costantino is part on the grup show The Matter of Photography in the Americas at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, California Until April 30th 2018


Amalia Ulman at La Casa Encendida

02.02.2018 La Casa Encendida presents the exhibition Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network, a guide for this brave new world that helps us understand how to be and how to view our own bodies and societies in the techno-capitalist context. Madrid, Spain. Until May 13th 2018


Alejandra Seeber at München

26.01.2018 München, Germany. Viewing the Other. Exhibition at Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation.  Presents contemporary glass sculpture by Alejandra Seeber with Tony Cragg, Mona Hatoum, Ki-Ra Kim, Raimund Kummer,Kiki Smith, Pae White. Through June 29th 2018


"Miedo" Albert Pla + Mondongo

25.01.2018 Musical Multimedia Show of Albert Pla whit Art Direction of Mondongo and Directed by Pepe Miravete. Teatro Regio, Buenos Aires. Until march 14th 2018

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