Another fantastic installation by Santiago Cucullu @ Lynden Sculpture Garden

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Another fantastic installation by Milwaukee-based artist Santiago Cucullu, this time with Ester Partegàs sat Lynden Sculpture Garden north of Milwaukee. I plan to see this exhibition this week and will post my thoughts on the show after I see it.

From the website for Lynden Sculpture Garden.

In Gos Sa Mer, their first collaborative endeavor, artists Santiago Cucullu + Ester Partegàs examine the paradoxical relationship between the seemingly natural environment of the Lynden Sculpture Garden and the industrial appearance of the sculptures installed within it. The landscape and sculpture at Lynden give rise to a series of oppositions: nature/culture, organic/industrial, shades of colors/primary colors, roundness/sharpness, to name a few. In Gos Sa Mer, Santiago Cucullu and Ester Partegàs scrutinize these dualities, questioning their polarity and undermining our assumptions about which end is which. The artists develop an intrinsic dialogue that reverses charges and blurs boundaries: in this dialogue, trees become pillars, and sculptures, living beings. The arboreal landscape appears as a camouflaged installation of vertical structures, modular and architectural, and the sculptures are re-imagined as branches and fruit insinuated among the vertical forms. Moreover, the sculptures’ failure to live up to the Minimalist ideal of purity of form, material, color and installation–the works at Lynden get dirty and scratched, their colors fade; they are in need of constant maintenance—allows Cucullu and Partegàs to suggest that they are alive and in need of human care. […]

About the Artists

SANTIAGO CUCULLU (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1969) lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds an MFA from The Minneapolis Institute of Art and Design (1999) and a BFA with a concentration in painting from the University of Hartford, Connecticut (1992).

Selected solo shows include: Galeria Labor, Mexico City; Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Naples, Italy; The Green Gallery, Milwaukee (2011); Loock Galerie, Berlin (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2006); Mori Art Museum, Japan (2004); Julia Friedman Gallery, Chicago (2003); Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis (2002).

Selected group exhibitions include: Hendershot Gallery, New York (2011); K21, Dusseldorf, Germany and Biennial of the Americas, Denver (both 2010); Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago (2009); Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas and Museum of Modern Art, New York (both 2008); Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (2007); Singapore Biennial and Camden Art Center, London (both 2006); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Shanghai Biennial, China (both 2005); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004); Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2003); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2000).

Cucullu is represented by Galeria Labor, Mexico City; Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Naples; Loock Galerie, Berlin; and The Green Gallery, Milwaukee.

ESTER PARTEGÀS (La Garriga, Barcelona, 1972) lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. She holds an MFA from Universitat de Barcelona (1996) and a Visual Arts Diploma in Multimedia Art from the Universität der Kunste, Berlin (1998).

Selected solo shows include: Foxy Production, New York; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California (both 2010); Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2008); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2007); Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Viriginia (2006); Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona; Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York (both 2003); Rice University Art Gallery, Houston (2002).

Selected group exhibitions include: Whitechapel Gallery, London; Centro Artes Visuales Helga de Alvear, Cáceres (both 2011); Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York; Denison Museum, Granville, Ohio (both 2010); Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Macro Future, Depart Foundation, Rome; Foundation CaixaForum, Madrid (all 2009); 2nd Moscow Biennale (2007); Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee; Cercle (all 2006); SculptureCenter, New York (2005); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2003); Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, Arnolfini, Bristol (both 2002), Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, New York (2001).

Partegàs is represented by Foxy Production, New York; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California; Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid; and NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona. She is on the faculty of the Sculpture + Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
More information: http://www.esterpartegas.com/

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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