CAE A PLOMO / falls to leads

Performance realizada en la Galería Ruth Benzacar en Buenos Aires en junio de 2016.

BMOCA Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado

As an extension to the exhibition Walk the Distance and Slow Down: Selections from the collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey, BMoCA commissioned a site-specific wall installation and drawing by one of the collection’s artists Mauro Giaconi titled cae a plomo (desde el fondo del tiempo) / falls to lead (from the depths of time).


Mauro Giaconi (b. 1977) is an Argentinian artist based in Mexico City. His graphite drawings on walls, paper, and found maps are created from a layering process where the representational image is built only to be destroyed by gestural strokes of erasers, sanders, and other corrosive materials. Basing his work on abstracted architectural forms, such as columns, fences, and walls, Giaconi’s process dissolves psychological barriers and symbolic connotations of architecture that are socially embedded in our consciousness.


In his site-specific installation cae a plomo… his desire to create and destruct confront each other in the same artistic act. The fragments of plaster were taken from a site-specific wall drawing created at Museo Universitario Del Chopo in Mexico City in 2016. The deconstructed wall, transported and reassembled from Mexico to the United States symbolically bridges the countries—a potent poetic gesture in our current political climate. Immersed in the evidence of the laborious and aggressive process of his work, individual destination is lost to the collective, and revelation and erasure are discovered to be the workings of one, unified force, completing a cycle and possibly propelling a revolution.


MARDEE GOFF