Soledad Majdalani at NYC’s Argentinian Consulate

Sin Titulo (untitled)

Details of two woodblock portraits. Majdalani’s pattern based linework anchors the show.

A tip from Printeresting reader  and curator Karen Grimson led us to a baroque cupcake of a room in NY’s Argentinian Consulate; currently featuring a print-based show by Argentine Architect-Sculptor-Installation artist Soledad Majdalani.

The spare works, rendered mostly in one color woodblock, rely on line and pattern to re-render 19th century found-photographic portraits of women into a retro-aesthetic reminiscent of the work of Aubrey Beardsley.  Light/dark inversions and scale shifts nod to digital processes, while the work itself remains resolutely handmade.

Soledad Majdalani
Untitled, 2010
Woodcut on paper. Edition 2/3
27 1/2 x 14 1/2″

The show requires some time to get.  When that moment comes though, the portraits enter into a dialogue.  These women, some multiplied, some inverted, of varying sizes and facing each other from alternate sides of the room, seem to be attendants at a party in a silent movie. You, the viewer, are witness, but not participant.  Its an interesting departure for Majdalani, trained in architecture, whose recent work has focused on biotechnology and materiality through installation, drawing and sculpture.   Curator Grimson notes that for the artist though, print constitutes a unique intersection between drawing and sculpture – something that I’m sure will resonate with many Printeresteds.

The quiet of the show is anchored by another intersection between two great poets.  The words of Walt Whitman translated by Jorge Luis Borges.

The Walt Whitman quotation reads:
“There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now;
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.” (Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, New York, 1855)

And Borges’ translation:

“Nunca hubo más principio que ahora,
ni más juventud ni vejez que ahora,
ni habrá más perfección que ahora,
ni más infierno ni cielo que ahora

 

 

Through Friday 8/30
Argentinian Consulate, 12 W 56th St  New York, NY 10019, 10am-5pm, free.
Got an NY or Philly based show for me to see?  Let me know @aldellicious

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3 Responses to “Soledad Majdalani at NYC’s Argentinian Consulate”

  1. Now that looks interesting! Thanks.

  2. Wilbur Grimson says:

    Que buen complejo arquitectonico la expo, la curacion, las citas y el esfuerzo comun y efectivo. Felicitaciones dicky.