DIEGO MASI

(April 8 - May 3, 2014)

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GEOMETRIC AC487
Acrylic paint on embossed canvas. 2014. 50 x 100 cm.
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The exhibition “Geométrico” (“Geometric”) is made up of seventeen pieces of varying sizes, made using acrylic on canvas, and an electromechanical installation entitled “Orgánico” (“Organic”), in which the artist incurs in dramatization through mechanisms that represent a sort of automated theater, where the interaction among the organic forms is a metaphor for existence itself. The repetition of measurements and forms, with elements that suggest an organic quality, created based on order, difference, similarity, proportion, and disproportion have led Masi to a geometric art. These measurements and codes are operative not only in his painting, but in urban public spaces through interventions or electromechanical installations used to generate physical movement. The absence of clear references or symbolism is a result of his reluctance to make any attempt at influencing the viewer. It has nothing to do with representation, but rather an interpretation necessarily conceived in a different way by spectators. Diego Masi is a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes of Montevideo, Uruguay, where he studied in Luis Ernesto Aroztegui’s workshop, from 1987 to 1993. From 1987 to the present, he has received national and international awards while participating in solo and group shows in Uruguay and other countries. His work has been displayed in institutional collections and galleries in Argentina, Canada, the USA, Puerto Rico, France, Peru, Germany, Singapore, Brazil, Uruguay, London, Dubai, Australia, Spain, Italy, Geneva, Monaco, Hong Kong, Japan, and Seoul. “Diego Masi, a notable Uruguayan artist who has built up his oeuvre through an unceasing search, leads us to reflect on the vitality of his ideas. The work of this artist is a rigorous black and white counterpoint that never fails to inspire enthusiasm, presenting the artist’s facet as an investigator of forms. This investigation has been present in each one of his works of great visual risk-taking, winking at the spectator with allusions to the inner desire of each one of us, in the form of these erotic games. The rigorous and sinuous drawings and surprising forms allude to layers of the subconscious to which the artist commits himself, exposing its nooks and crannies to our eyes. Often they appear without warning. The play of pure form, which was the key theme of twentieth-century art, is complemented here by a component that does not diminish our awareness, instead making us more conscious of his proposition. Joining together tendencies is a contemporary challenge. By inserting himself into investigative spaces, Masi is a faithful example of that world of dreamers that is Uruguayan art, and he never fails to impress. Uruguayan art critic Jacqueline Lacasa has already mentioned the theme of silence in Masi’s oeuvre, and it continues to be an important piece of the puzzle when observing an artist so decisive in the turn taken by Latin American art in this new century.” Ernesto Muñoz, Secretary, International Association of Art Critics, Chilean Chapter This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs “Uruguay Cultural,” the National Office of Culture – MEC, and the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture. The exhibition may be viewed through May 3, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.