Tangled Nature, a new art exhibition at the Embassy of Argentina, features a collection from two Argentine artists who interpret nature through their work.
The two artists, Monica Martín and Mariana Tarrío, both from Buenos Aires, describe the exhibition as being inspired by their common interest in nature and its forms. The exhibition is a collection of chromatic, graphic and delicate silk paintings that try to tell us about nature and its forms, through two entirely different, but linked experiences. The works of art originate from pictures the artists collected for two years.
Much of the work is inspired by the structure of trees, woods and forests. “Nature is never one, its interpretation is always mediated by cultural framework that observes and challenges it,” reads the artists’ statement. “These works are, in any case, a stylization of that nature; an impossible overlapping of “tangled” and complex universes through painting or textiles, where color is the one who organizes and directs a space which progressively abandons its reference.”
Alfredo Ratinoff, the exhibition’s chief curator, discuses the art of nature in the exhibition’s brochure. Tangled Nature “portrays the view of two Argentine artists who boldly explore natural colors and forms with a vision that goes beyond the classical image of the world that we all know,” he states.
The artists present a new view of nature, which he refers to as a “dream inside a bigger dream.” Ratinoff says we see layers of color painted on different materials that invite us to explore the oldest and most intimate place that we all belong: our own nature!
This exhibition, states Francisco Lopez Achaval, cultural attaché, provides “a valuable example of the cultural diversity in Argentina, associated with its history and the diverse origins of its population.”
The exhibition, Tangled Nature, as the title suggests, unwinds in front of us, Ratinoff states, an allegory of the intimate feelings and heady sensations we experience from the nature around us and within us.
The exhibition runs through March 27, 2013 between 3 and 5 p.m. The embassy is at 1600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. See the embassy's Website for details.