Nicanor Aráoz (Buenos Aires, 1981) produces objects, installations and sculptures using as reference images from comics, imagery from the Internet and romantic mythologies taken from gothic art. In his works, procedures involving the making of a surrealistic object, such as the assembly of dissimilar elements and a oneiric component, take on frantic forms resembling nightmares where pleasure and pain seem to merge. Aráoz uses materials as if they were to expiate sadistic sensations and takes them to the utmost limits of expressivity and torsion. In narrative scenes, he mixes plaster monsters, amorphous masses of resin, trainers, neon lights and biscuits with embalmed cats, mice and birds, thus shaping a world of emotional psychedelics with visual references to the domestic environment of an adolescent.
His latest works include Because I am never what I have (The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, 2017); Antología genética (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 2016); Glótica (Barro, Buenos Aires, 2015); IMNXTC (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, 2013). Aráoz has received a scholarship from ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York) where he studied for three months during 2017.
[...] The construction of Gothic environments can be envisioned as an obsessive insistence that has gradually perfected Nicanor Aráoz’s art. That energy is a form of imagination that operates by exacerbating the tensions that organize the real: its expressive language is the symptomatic torment produced by the historical and hysterical antagonisms between good and evil, the healthy and the sick, the sanctioned and the perverse, crime and law, the repressive control of forms and the monstrous abundance of the deformed.
13.06.2019 Basel, Switzerland. Aguas Calientes by Gabriel Chaile. Statements presents exciting new solo projects by emerging artists, who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize.
01.06.2019 Artist: Lido Iacopetti Editor: Martín Legón. Curators: Ángeles Azcua y Jimena Ferreiro. co-produced with Aldo de Sousa Gallery.
29.05.2019 Nicanor Aráoz in Una historia de la imaginación en la Argentina at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. Curator: Javier Villa. Until 27.10
29.05.2019 Gabriel Chaile proposes a “Genealogy of the Shape” as a collective poem that is constantly under construction. An ensemble of sculptures is organized in the exhibiting space as a large organism that breathes through arteries of steel and copper.
28.05.2019 Amalia Ulman’s “Privilege” at 2019 Digital Art Curatorial Exhibition Program - Immortal on screen. Collective show at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Curator: TSENG Yu-Chuan.
15.05.2019 Agustina Woodgate, with the work “National Times”, selected by the Whitney Biennial being the first Argentinian woman artist to participate in one of the most import Art Biennials. Until Sep 22th
11.05.2019 Poetry, Songs and Performance at Marcelo Pombo's Show
11.04.2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina. The gallery includes works by Aráoz, Duville, Chaile, Goldberg & Faivovich, Legón, Mondongo, Seeber and Woodgate in the main section of the fair.
30.03.2019 [...] "Finding its way between agitating self-consciousness and sleepwalking automatism, Marcelo Pombo reads History and his story over and over again in an exhibition that unfolds as strangely as dreams: a series of successive stations holding particularly vivid, mystifying instants of contemplation, visionary images. The iconographies he has been treasuring throughout his extensive journey return once again but disruptively". Federico Baeza for Templos de barrio by Marcelo Pombo.
20.03.2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nicanor Aráoz presents a Solo Show in the Residents section. Director: Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh. Booth G7