Nest (2016), acrylic and oil on linen, 166.5 x 89.5 cm
Mane (2016), acrylic and oil on linen, 166.5 x 114.5 cm
Odds (2016), acrylic and oil on linen, 166.5 x 87 cm
Small Talk (2016), acrylic and oil on linen, 166.5 x 96.5 cm
Sofía Quirno – Calendar Day
Curated by Verónica Flom
Fifteen or twenty children sit in a circle. One of them thinks up a sentence as short or as long as they would like and whispers it secretly to the child sitting closest who in turn transmits it to the next one. In this manner the message is delivered around the room, mouth to mouth, ear to ear. Since it is forbidden to repeat it, the sentence will most likely be altered, disfiguring itself to the point of complete transformation, becoming another sentence all together, perhaps with little to do with the original. That is why the game is called Broken Telephone*, quite popular among kids all over the world, or at least in Argentina, where Sofía Quirno was born and raised.
Just as in the game, the pieces in this exhibition communicate with each other in a way that leads to a trail of misunderstandings. The series does not intend to establish a meaning or an order, but the point is to create a fluidity that proposes a sense of dislocation. The connection between the works avoids a unique narrative, inviting the viewer to find their own personal interpretation. For Quirno, the most interesting aspects of reality are those we don’t understand, that brush the heart of uncertainty.
Before facing the canvas or the paper, the artist gathers images from magazines and newspapers which she absorbs, reinterprets, deforms and transforms, separating everyday elements from their usual context. Another preliminary procedure consists of appropriating visual situations that appear insignificant, and not at all spectacular: a paper fluttering on the sidewalk, a spot on the subway wall, a pillow on the floor, the legs of a night table. Any of these instances can prompt a work. The rhythm of brush strokes turns each starting point into a different object, barely recognizable, barely an object. The final result is not necessarily important, since it only portrays an instant within an intricate process of transformation.
Quirno steps in and out of painting. Drawings, paintings, animations, videos, everything combined and superimposed is accepted in the space. Her installations include precarious elements, materials that are at hand which she finds in her workplace or maybe lost in the streets. She even reuses the idiosyncrasy of the studio or the exhibition space. The artist usually focuses on one palette, not necessarily cold, but wintry, made up of the shades one can see through the window on a winter’s day.
The name of this show, Calendar Day, suggests a day of homage to the calendar, as if that single day contained the entire year. It invites us to consider that a work can contain allworks, or perhaps that they are all one and the same painting, merely different phases of a single, long process.
*In England and the US the game is called Telephone or Chinese whispers. Broken Telephone is the translation of the name given to it in Argentina and other Latin American countries.
2013 – 2015 Parsons, The New School, New York – MFA Visual Arts.
2002 – 2006 Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes (IUNA), Buenos Aires, Argentina – BA /unfinished
2002 Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, Buenos Aires, Argentina – Diploma in Cultural Managment and Patrimony
1997 – 2002 Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina – Bachelor degree in International Studies
residencies and awards
2015 Student Senate Grant, Parsons, The New School, NY, United States
2013 Artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, United States Deans Merit Scholarship Award, Parsons The New School of Design, NY, United Sates 2012 Robert Sterling Clark Fellowship- Artist in residence at Vermont Studio Arts Center, Vermont, United States Artist in residence at Pantocrátor Gallery- La Pan, Barcelona, Spain
2010 Artist in residence at Triangle Artists Workshop, NY, United States Artist in residence at Spark Box Studio, Ontario, Canada
2005 Premio de grabado, Fundación Octubre, Buenos Aires Argentina commisions 2014 Moth Ball Woman Shrinks on the Radiator, Praxis Gallery, NY, United States solo shows
2016 Calendar Day, Praxis Gallery, NY, United States
2015 Sunny Side Up, Sleep Center, NY, United States
2013 Entre lineas, ArteBA, Central de Proyectos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012 Serendipia, Galería Cobra, Buenos Aires, Argentina Tapeando, Pantocrátor Gallery- La pan, Barcelona, Spain
2011 Un día sin lluvia, Paseo Cultural Carlos Núñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, curated by Leonel Luna
2010 Saltando baldosas, Galería Central de Proyectos, Buenos Aires, Argentina Hay gato encerrado, This is not a Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, curated by Carlos Baragli.
2015 Art15, Praxis Gallery, London, UK Art Miami, Praxis Gallery, NY, United States Off Pink, Parsons
2015 MFA Thesis Show, The Kitchen, NY, United States Proyecto Bonzo, Casa Uno, Buenos Aires, Argentina Videosnack, Regina Rex, NY, United States LA Art Show, Praxis Gallery, LA, United States
2014 Do you see the Picture? Praxis Gallery, NY, United States Videorover: Season 8, Nurture Art, NY, United States, curated by Rachel Steinberg The Set, 25 East Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, NY, United States
2013 Riña de gallos, Galeria Rusia, Tucuman, Argentina Artist in residence at Online Morning Drawing Residency, curatorial project of Gabriela Vainsencher Secret Admirer, 2971 24th St, San Francisco, United States. Project curated by Miguel Arzabe
2012 Colorama, Vermont Studio Arts Center, Vermont, United States Soñar despierta, Centro Cultural San José, Olavarria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2011 Mil hojas, Isla Flotante, Buenos Aires, Argentina Trusput, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2010 Segundo Video Encuentro Proyectista Colombia- Argentina, Oficina Proyectista, Buenos Aires, Argentina Galería Bisagra, Buenos Aires, Argentina Triangle Arts open Studio, DUMBO Arts Festival, NY, United States. La memoria de las cosas, Central de proyectos, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2009 Estado Civil, Perón 3432, Buenos Aires, Argentina, curated by Fabiana Barreda La Fugaz 3, Centro de Expresiones Contemporáneas (CEC), Rosario, Argentina. 54-11, Perón 3432, Buenos Aires, Argentina, curated by Valeria Gonzales
2008 Moving Targets, Proyecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina Sin titulo, Galería Crimson, Buenos Aires, Argentina Experiencias, espacio Dietrich, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007 Display, Galería Crimson, Buenos Aires, Argentina Embajada Argentina, Islamabaad, Pakistan Argentine Painting, Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan Galería GV, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 Perisferica Feria de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2005 Art Vision 06, Fundación Rosemblum, Buenos Aires, Argentina Muestra Premio de grabado, Fundacion Octubre, Buenos Aires Argentina