Improvisado

Carlos Amorales, Gillian Wearing, Vanessa Beecroft

Exposición: Ene 14 – Abr 2, 2000


Makeshift presenta trabajos en video de tres artistas internacionales líderes: Carlos Amorales, Vanessa Beecroft y Gillian Wearing. Curada por Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, estudiante de posgrado en el Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies en Annandale-on-Hudson, Nueva York, la exposición destaca los aspectos performativos del videoarte contemporáneo.

Makeshift investiga el trabajo de tres artistas que han reflexionado sobre la noción de interacción personal dentro de los marcos sociales existentes. Las obras de la exposición examinan el papel de la actuación en nuestra vida cotidiana: cómo nuestras acciones y comportamientos están predeterminados por nuestro entorno.

Carlos Amorales ha creado un personaje de ficción, un luchador, que lleva una máscara diseñada como el propio retrato del artista. En Amorales Interim (1997) , un actor, con esta máscara, realiza un conjunto de escenarios condicionados y planificados, desplazando la narrativa del artista y los contextos, función y audiencia de la lucha libre mexicana.

Vanessa Beecroft usa los cuerpos de los actores como estatuas de pie en vivo para sus actuaciones. Modelos casi idénticos en apariencia permanecen inmóviles y mudos durante horas. En Piano Americano (1996) , los modelos están unidos (o “marcados”) por sus uniformes de pelucas, tacones altos, sostenes y pantimedias, pero camuflados por los colores apagados y la disposición modular de sus cuerpos en el espacio.

En contraste con la dirección de actores de Amorales y Beecroft, Gillian Wearing anima a los participantes a «ser ellos mismos». En Confiesa todo en video. No te preocupes, estarás disfrazado. ¿Intrigado? Llamar a Gillian (1994), la artista colocó un anuncio en una popular revista británica para atraer a los participantes de su proyecto. Los encuestados fueron disfrazados y luego grabados en video mientras relataban sus secretos más íntimos. Haciendo referencia a confesionarios religiosos, sesiones de terapia y programas de entrevistas estadounidenses, la pieza de Wearing desdibuja la línea entre el texto personal y la actuación pública.

Artista

Carlos Amorales

Mexico City, Mexico

In his artistic research, Carlos Amorales is interested mainly in language and the impossibility/possibility of communicating through means that are unrecognizable or not codified: sounds, gestures, and symbols. Amorales experiments at the limits between image and sign with an array of platforms: animation, video, film, drawing, installation, performance, and sound. His practice is based on different forms of translation: instruments that become characters in his films, letters that become shapes, and narratives unfold as non-verbal actions. As the basis for many of his explorations, Amorales has used Liquid Archive: a project composed of shapes, lines and nodes instead of words that he started in 1998 and continued to nourish for over ten years. In addition to Liquid Archive, he has developed other alphabets and systems that he uses to translate texts that range from museum labels to short stories. The works of Amorales exist in an alternate world of their own making, parallel to ours; constantly evolving at the same rhythm that they are produced.

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Gillian Wearing

London, England

Gillian Wearing is a contemporary British artist whose conceptually driven photographs and videos investigate power dynamics and voyeurism in everyday life. Focused more on capturing the self-awareness of her subjects than on issues of aesthetics, Wearing employs prosthetic masks, voice dubbing, altered photographs, in her portraits of herself, individuals, and groups. This is especially notable in her series of work Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say (1992-1993), in which the artist confronted strangers and asked them write what they were thinking, then photographed them holding the sign. “It’s always important as an artist to find a unique language, and that’s why the Signs excited me,” she said of her series. “They felt new. But I didn’t realize they were going to be so influential, on everything from advertising to people doing signs for their Facebook page.” Born in 1963 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, she moved to London in 1983, studying first at the Chelsea School of Art then Goldsmiths College where she became a part of the Young British Artists generation alongside Damien Hirst. In 1997, the artist was the winner of the prestigious Turner Prize for her 1996 piece «60 Minutes Silence». She currently lives and works in London, UK. Today, Wearing’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., among others.

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Artista

Vanessa Beecroft

Los Angeles, California, USA

Vanessa Beecroft is an Italian performance artist, photographer, and painter known for her large-scale, conceptual performances, or “living paintings,” which are often performed by nude or semi-clothed women. She was born on April 25, 1969 in Genoa, Italy and first studied at the Civico Liceo Artistico Nicolò Barabino in Genoa. At the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, she staged one of her most famous performances, B61, Still Death! Darfur Still Deaf?, a response to the Darfur genocide. In this work, Sudanese women laid face down, simulating corpses. She has also staged performances at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1998, the Gagosian Gallery in London in 2000, and at the Gagosian Gallery in California. As an artist whose work is frequently compared to fashion events, Beecroft has worked with designers and celebrities. In 2010, she art directed Kanye West’s Runaway video, and since then she has frequently collaborated with the rapper on choreography for his tours and fashion shows. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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