CARLOS MASOCH

(January 8 – February 19, 2008)

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The Fox’s House – Savage Life
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm.
The Fox's House – Savage Life Child with Suitcase – Savage Life What a Railroad Belgrano – Exemplary Lives The Hand in the Can – Exemplary Lives Birds and Rabbits of Fortune – Savage Life Narcissus – Exemplary Lives Child, Forest, and Shipwreck

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition BLESS YOUR SOUL from the Argentinian artist CARLOS MASOCH, next January 9. On this occasion, Masoch will present a group of works from the series Vidas ejemplares (Exemplary Lives), Vida salvaje (Savage Life), and Paisajes Bucólicos (Bucolic Landscapes). The first of these series, according to the artist, is dedicated to “those who have overcome adversity, those who struggle every day against a monster, those who walk on water.” The second “is the flip side of the same coin: those who have food to eat and yet eat us alive, the arrogant egotists, those who focus only on filling their stomachs and their wallets.” “Masoch’s painting goes against the grain in our modern era, marked as it is by a culture without affection, where sheer numbers conceal all that is terrible. Many of his works, starting with his very first exhibitions, are exemplary in this sense, particularly those that personify the experience of a world lived in anguish, as a risk. (…) Masoch’s oeuvre is characterized by his disturbing compositions, with their disquieting poetry. Oftentimes, he evokes a sense of mystery, although he also includes references to a real historical context, the unbearableness of the everyday. Without a doubt, his works are closely tied to what might be called a "personal mythology." (Jorge López Anaya) Carlos Masoch (Buenos Aires, 1953) studied in Buenos Aires with Néstor Cruz and Gabriela Aberastury. He held his first solo show in 1979 at the Galería Contemporánea. In 1985, at the height of enthusiasm for the new painting movements, he formed part of the collective La Compañía, together with other figurative painters. Since then, he has exhibited his work continuously in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Nantes, France; Madrid, Spain; London, England; Chicago and New York, USA; and Toronto, Canada. The exhibition may be viewed through February 19, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.