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Undoing Art

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This is the first Uruguayan artist I was talking about :) Ricardo Lanzarini's work is strange in that it echoes the logic of Tibetan monks' mandalas--painstaking, but ultimately fleeting. This article was first published in the Syracuse Post-Standard and eventually transferred online.

Writing this was surely a challenge because everyone I talked to was still in South America. Thank goodness for e-mail and Skype. The audio for the slideshow was captured through a trial program of Ecamm's Call Recorder. Let's go, technology!

Undoing Art
Transforming white walls into an artist's canvas...and back again

Text by: Carren Jao
Published: Syracuse Post-Standard, 04 Sept 2009

The Point of Contact Gallery must have taken Joni Mitchell’s question to heart when she sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?”

On Sept. 4, after six months in exhibition, international artist Ricardo Lanzarini’s installation of riotous characters drawn directly on the walls of the gallery is scheduled to be whitewashed from existence. Gone. If you didn’t see it, you missed it.

Almost. But more on that later.

Drawing on walls is not always a naughty child’s activity. In “The Gallery as Studio: Drawings on Delirium,” Lanzarini depicted a grandstanding politician brandishing his microphone; a mini- Hitler eyeing himself in a mirror while his pants fall comically below his knees; figures teetering atop wall partitions, hopping over electric sockets and dangling from the ceiling. A circus adds to the chaos. Tiny strongmen defy their size and carry enormous barbells and a plump man struggles to climb atop another. Spindly figures are on the brink of collapsing as they balance on one foot. [click for more]


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