#whereartthou: Challenging Perceptions with #polesellojoven
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(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)
Like a kaleidoscope, the work of Argentine optical artist Rogelio Polesello plays with perceptions. “Polesello Joven” (#polesellojoven), an exhibition of Rogelio’s early years, is on display at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (@museomalba).
“The work of the young Polesello wasn’t conceptual, it showed what was happening in the industrial world and how that related to art and design, challenging people’s perceptions,” says Mercedes Casanegra, the curator of the exhibition, which is open through October 12.
Vibrant acrylic plates and color-carved transparent columns and blocks prompt visitors to interact with the art. “Polesello was interested in industry,” says Mercedes. “Working in his workshop, he had the idea of making those carvings, which resulted in magnifying glasses of concave and convex games that deal with elements of scientific perception.”
THE DAILY PIC (#1528): “Serial Composition”, by the
Argentine artist Lidy Prati, is just the kind of systematic, conceptual
abstraction New York was keen on in the early 1970s. Thing is, it was
actually painted somewhere around 1948. That’s the kind of lovely
wrinkle in (art-historical) time that develops when you travel to new
places – in my case, to the MALBA in Buenos Aires, a museum dedicated to
Latin American art.
The Netherlander Piet Mondrian is always
cited as a crucial influence on Prati, and on Latin American abstraction
in general. (He was just as important in the U.S. at the same time, but
that moment has been mostly been written into the margins of American
art history.) But what interests me about this picture by Prati is how
much in “advance” it was of other Mondrian-inspired art of its moment,
or even of art by Mondrian.
Rather than being about attractive
patterns and compositions, it speaks of a system that can generate them.
Computers and their algorithms seem on this painting’s mind, at a
moment when computers still filled entire rooms with vacuum tubes.