In times where the waste is law and and consumerism, exchange currency, Luciana Rondolini’s works shine in this dynamic. Irony, contradiction and deterioration. Everything about the pieces presented in ArteBa’s 2012 edition by this young artist.
A few days ago, I was walking with my eyes wide open in ArteBa fair, trying to absorb the maximum flow of present images. I bet the pavilion » Barrio Joven Chandon 2012 » in search for an artist to highlight. This sector, dedicated to fresh creations and different ventures, proposed alternatives to the traditional scheme of the exhibition.
And that was exactly what I was looking for. The selection committee of the «Barrio Joven» (made by a local artist, a gallery owner, a Brazilian curator and a porteño one ), chose 17 spaces / galleries to exhibit the work of over 75 artists from Latin America.
There were those showing art in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Salta, Tucumán, New York, Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile.
While many works attracted attention, the chosen one by me, is the one made by Luciana Rondolini .
Is selected for today. Who knows if for another week I would choose the same.
Pencil drawings that combine form and content, bathed in irony and paradox so that deterioration and consumption become the absolute protagonists of these creations.
«Any sign of senility or decomposition, odor and color, is a symptom of decadence. I find interesting to confront the viewer with the experience of this process of media transformation. I seek to create the contradiction that arises when the attraction and repulsion appear in equal measure”.
And so Luciana makes me dive in her consumer universe. And she explains to me that her interest lies in the analysis of the value that is given to the objects and people. Which is determined by the patterns of behavior of this society increasingly prone to the whirl of the waste. Disposable relations and neglected moments.
A kind of cumulative compulsion that exalts to then leave in oblivion. These graphite drawings on paper are part of a series that is accompanied by fruit (as a symbol of perishable materials) that simulate jewellery made with diamonds and that along the show, rot. Those same fruits function as paintings as they stick to the paper.
Despite the fact that in order to keep these objects are needed industrial quantities of disinfectant spray, something tells me that Luciana’s drawings have no intention of being forgotten. That waste in which her work focuses, will not the be the chosen destination for this artist. As if the paradox was herself before her art.
Veintitrés Mag, Art. Buenos Aires, May 2012.