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.
12.06.2018 [...] There is a phenomenon that science still has not been able to explain called crown shyness. Certain species of trees’ branches grow close but never graze each other. As if they could communicate, each tree establishes the margins of its own space, its own territory. Verónica Flom for Los días.
25.05.2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina. The gallery includes works by Nicanor Aráoz, Joaquín Boz, Nicola Costantino, Matías Duville, Mondongo, Alejandra Seeber, Amalia Ulman and Agustina Woodgate in the main section of the fair. And is involved with CABINET by Marcelo Pombo.
24.05.2018 Red Sunset, 2018. Sanguine on paper, 100 x 70 cm. Matias Duville is part of the collection of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, USA.
13.05.2018 As a closing exhibition of his BAR project residency. The seduction of the innocents displays a new essay of Martin Legón. This work, mix between anthropology, poetry, and sociology of the media, breaks down the paradoxical place occupied by the artistic object today.
04.05.2018 Pardés is the site-specific installation of Nicola Costantino, created especially for the Sala Laberinto. It means "orchard" in Hebrew and refers also to the idea of Eden, that place that is reached to delight with all the fruits offered. Usina del arte, Buenos Aires.
11.04.2018 São Paulo, Brazil. Matías Duville participates in the Solo Setor, dedicated to projects of a single artist and curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas.
28.03.2018 [...] 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.
22.03.2018 ‘Privilege’ Amalia Ulman’s first solo show in KWM Art Center, The aim of the exhibition is to introduce Ulman’s practice to a new audience exposing the contradictory roles of contemporary professional and private life as they play out amongst a monopoly of contemporary stereotypes.
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.
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