Nicola Costantino (Rosario, 1964). In twenty years of production her work has evolved from sculpture, clothing, mechanical objects and installations to photography and videoinstallation. The body is the constant focus of her field of investigation, and the artist refers to the violent treatment it receives at the hands of consumption and fashion. Over the last decade, Costantino includes herself autoreferentially in her photographic and video art production. She portrays scenes of art history and paradigmatic female characters, constructing the subject of the image on the basis of performance and acting in careful scenographies. The manufacture of her objects and the images capture an acute sense of beauty, provoking at the same time a certain atmosphere of discomfort that is hard to resolve.
Some of her most recent projects include Rapsodia Inconclusa (Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, 2015), Eva–Argentina. Una metáfora Contemporánea (55th Venice Biennale, 2013), Alteridad (Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Rio Gallegos; Museo Provincial Rosa Galisteo, Santa Fe; Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Dr. Pedro E. Martínez, Paraná; ECU, Rosario; Nave Cultural, Mendoza; Centro Cultural J.A. Conte Grand, San Juan, 2012-13) and Exposición Monográfica (Daros Latinoamérica, 2011).
"... The Fountain of Life must have presented itself to Hieronymus Bosch as a vision. It is so complicated a structure and also so monstrous -at a time animal and vegetal. And I wanted to rebuild it verily, but bearing the signs of the time elapsed and encircled by a strange landscape. As if the garden had died and in its place a sort of desert had appeared..." Nicola Costantino.
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