|the path of least resistance
Opening: Friday 27th of May 2011, 6:00 pm
Performance 7 pm
May 28 - July 9, 2011
Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
|We are pleased to be able to present the solo exhibition of the Berlin-based Peruvian artist Antonio Paucar.
Everything is in movement in the works of Antonio Paucar – when his installations hang from the ceiling on thin, almost invisible threads, or when movements performed by the artist are documented in videos or drawings.
Mostly, however, it is the artist himself who moves in his performances – and who thereby also sets other objects in motion. But these movements are not about “action”, they are not vigorous or precipitous, but considered, sometimes calm, sometimes quicker movements, which adapt themselves entirely to outer influences, give themselves naturally, and allow things their own time. That is what gives rise to the unique poetry in Paucar’s works, a poetry that oscillates – associatively and metaphorically – between the worlds of the Andes and Europe.
For his performances and drawings Paucar often uses a South American holy wood called “Palo Santo”, known for its intense aroma. By charring the tip, the wood acts as a drawing utensil with which – again through the movements of his body such as guiding the wood with his feet while standing on his hands – he makes traces on the wall or on a sheet of paper.
Due to the shifting movement in the air, fine threads hung with alphabet pasta are made to tremble. No longer obliged to form words, they seem to float in the space. In a video they pour from the artist’s mouth.
In the work “Almadraba del viento / wind almadraba” straws that have been stuck together and woven into nets hang from the ceiling, acting as “wind traps”. Instead of the tuna that are normally caught by the almadraba nets, these nets trap air. On the whole, Paucar’s works make use of everyday objects. These are decontextualised and assembled into new structures, resulting in “creations” – the proper meaning of “poiesis”.
Paucar’s works trigger movements in the mind, movements that are then caught in the nets woven by the artist.