Artists in dialogue
Crossings emphasized interrelationships between the installations of two American artists of different generations and with different concerns. However, the works they did during their residency with us, express some common ground where the dimensions of time, space, knowledge and geographical movements are implicit.
Suzan Shutan claims that being 5 foot tall and possibly having a Napoleon complex, it is not easy for her to create such large works. The artist comes from the field of sculpture and is passionate about creating spaces (often deceiving the eye) and inmersive site-specific installations. It always starts with materials found in “the corner store”, in this case straws, wool, light wood sticks or packages of metallic and opaque colored paper. Her leafy imagination awakens our senses while she describes with humor and self-criticism her ignorance of an Argentina that was imagined, before residence, in her home in Connecticut. Thus, she represents the Iguazú Falls only with a wavy line that reflects multiple colors on the wall, whose movement and sounds are similar to water, or the Boca and River soccer clubs with hexagons of wooden sticks that resemble soccer balls. Her sculptural works are understood at the same time as drawing, since it is the line that creates the volume.
On the other hand, Michelle Murillo is an artist who comes from printmaking but who constantly seeks to expand the vocabulary of print and the multiple in an interdisciplinary context. Her work can be broadly understood as a practice of archiving: the lost, found, re-membered and collected. Her installation is exquisite and elegant. The transparency of the glass with opaque silkscreen prints on top and its reflections on the space is poetic and at the same time ungraspable, like the memories it evokes.