Avião (Plane) sees a full-sized Piper Comanche plane placed indoors, and pierced from below with wooden arrows. The juxtaposition of old and new tech is meant to "allude to the development and conquest of space," and the "cultural shock caused by technological progress in various different civilizations."

Avião and El Barrio (The Neighborhood).

Cardboard becomes casas in El Barrio, which sees a seemingly haphazard pile of paper homes stacked high in the exhibition space. The installation "represents the precariousness and chaos with which urban life of modern societies are constructed."

Alumbrado Püblico (Public Lighting) is a site-specific installation by Los Carpinteros. The coiling, linked bases between the street-lamps suggest a strangely organic connection, symbolizing "the constant growth of a western city amidst a savage world," according to the Arts Center.

Also on view is Pop-Up Paradises, a site-specific installation by Manuel Ameztoy of intricate hand-cut textiles.

Though Manuel Ameztoy is from Argentina, it was a trip to Mexico that truly changed the trajectory of his work. The style of garlands, like those used in the country’s Day of the Dead festivities, has become a hallmark of his textile installations.

Ameztoy’s use of color creates a sense of depth to the landscape-like display of hanging textiles.

The drape of the cloth is similar to that of much smaller sheets of paper.


A Cuban Art Collective Tackles The Clash Of Past And Present

Buenos Aires’ Faena Arts Center hosts an exhibition of work by Los Carpinteros.

Over a century ago, Puerto Madero briefly became a commercial hub for Buenos Aires by allowing cargo ships to dock on the shallow shores of the Rio de la Plata. That promise was short-lived, however, and engineering advancements and construction of a new port made its advancements obsolete. After enduring years of neglect, the past two decades have seen major developments to the area, which has become a now-flourishing symbol of urban renewal. The Faena Arts Center, which opened in an old Belle Epoque-era mill last September, aims to further enrich the cultural scene, and its latest exhibition marks the Argentinean debut of Cuban collective Los Carpinteros.

Three large-scale works inhabit the expansive, natural-light filled space, each exploring the connection, and disconnect, between civilization’s progress and past. Avião sees a Piper Comanche plane pierced from below by a collection of wooden arrows, while a seemingly haphazard stack of cardboard "houses" that make up El Barrio rests precariously nearby. Alumbrado Público, or Public Lighting, is a site-specific installation—a succession five standard streetlamps are united by a coiling fusion of metal between their bases, taking on the effect of an organic, rather than electrically fueled, entity.

In addition, Argentine artist Manuel Ameztoy is concurrently displaying Pop-Up Paradises, an incredible array of hand-cut textiles draped throughout an expansive 630-square-meters on site. Taken together, it’s an auspicious first year for the Faena Arts Center. You can catch the two shows through August 12th.

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