tangled alphabets: león ferrari and mira schendel @ MoMA is a show not to be missed
the whimsical nature of works on display by artists ferrari and schendel is uplifting. the way a child’s watercolor painting is nonchalant and free form, these, too, evoke a carefree spirit. overwhelmed with desire to trash my inhibitions once and for all, to stop using erasers or choosing undo – this MoMA exhibition was a pleasure to view and has been praised a true success. the delightful pairing of Latin American artists, both active in the 60’s, both of whom focus on symbolic word art, is interwoven seemlessly.
from MoMA’s site:
Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different, and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.
although sculptures are also displayed, the focus remains ink on paper – words, letters and illegible ‘writing’ such as ferrari’s “letter to a general”<pictured below>, where he first showed signs of political activism. simulating a letter yet containing no verbal content, this work is powerful with emotion.
the works are inspiring; the technique is simultaneously thoughtful and loose. this exhibit opened to the public last sunday – be sure to check it out.