United States of America
Marcela Casals is an artist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in the United States from an early age. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
Marcela has performed as an actress and theater director and made her first steps in the visual arts by designing and supervising the construction of theatrical stages in plays she directed. Casals travels frequently to Argentina and developed in ´ace a production residence.
MARCELA ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #NEST
At the moment I am investigating everyday objects and common national materials such as wrapping paper, recycled plastic sheets, earthenware, etc. I am attracted to the material as much for visual and tactile properties as for its simplicity and austerity. I am interested in manipulating the material to create a space or moment where one can enter or pass in front while our attention is trapped by the presence of the material that speaks a foreign language, extracted from its pretense of daily utility. As our perceptions, our senses, subtly change, the opportunity to find oneself appears, if only for a moment.
The path to this scenographic-theatrical proposal comes after a lifetime of working in the theater, both as an actress and as a director. The work draws on Japanese aesthetics, in particular Kire: “cut”, Yugen: “grace” and Wabi: “austere beauty”. He also took as reference the installation work of Ann Hamilton, and Kosho Ito, as well as the black and white photography of my father’s S XX, which have become my main influences.
Lives and works in New York, USA
2017 | MFA School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, USA
2014 | Post Baccalaureate, Maryland Institute College of Art, USA
2012 | Bachelor of Arts (BFA), Minor in Sculpture and Ceramics, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, USA
2017 | Cognitive Dissidence, Ray Smith Gallery studio, USA
2015 | MICA Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Exhibit
2014 | Intrusion Installation. Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 | woodforestdream Installation. NC Arts Council Fayetteville/Cumberland Co., USA
2013 | MICA Post Baccalaureate Fine Arts Program Merit Scholarship
2012 | Chancellor’s Talent Scholarship
2009 | Best in Show Sculpture – NC Arts Council of Fayetteville, Cumberland Co.
INTRUSION (by Alicia Candiani)
Intrusion, the installation that the artist Marcela Casals made in the central mezzanine-hall of ´ace, is a magnificent sculptural piece made with missionary packing paper. The artist built the piece as if she were composing a fugue in music. It begins with a “phrase” that develops throughout the space, in which it uses a polyphony structured by counterpoints.
The work, like its title, meddles in space, dialogues with it while invading it with a neo-baroque language of curves, diagonals and folds that are exalted with lights and shadows. The cheap, simple, disposable material turns into his hands in clay that at times is softly perceived as silk and in the next section it transforms into a constrictor snake that curls up into the beams to finally crawl across the floor, becoming a log or fly through the ceiling like a cloud.
ABOUT FOLD (by Marcela Casals)
Duality, singularity and repetition are explored through the concept of the fold, as presented by Gilles Deleuze in The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque (1992). Every fold is a duality, it constitutes an inside and an outside, each depending on the folding of the other in order to be illustrating the duality of existence itself; that which is observed and its opposite which cannot be observed in the same instant.
The fold is present in every aspect of life: proteins fold, DNA folds, fractal geometry folds into itself, time folds, and even our own brain folds. Folding is a constant, it is both repetitious and singular. In Difference and Repetition, Deleuze tells us that “We must find the Self of repetition, the singularity within that which repeats. For there is no repetition without a repeater, nothing repeated without a repetitious soul”.
In the hour-long video, Fold, the action of folding transcends from action to inaction, from labour to meditation, through the constant and repetitious action of folding cloth napkins into a water lily fold first presented at the court of Joseph II in 1726.
Video | 2016 | 60′
Cycles | Ciclos
[CYCLES] Portfolio exchange – Caja Gráfica is an initiative that seeks to open spaces for the creation of graphic work, the interaction of artists of all nationalities with our neighborhood, the opening of places for exhibition and dissemination of work as well as interact with international artists. In this way [CYCLES] proposes the creation of a graphic portfolio-box with engravings / graphic pieces of each one of the participating artists and guests and offers the opportunity to exhibit that work both in Argentina and abroad.
The selected artists developed a one-week micro residency to develop their work in the Foundation’s ´ace workshop. Each of the artists will have a portfolio box with the work of all the participants at the end of the project. The works carried out and the box-portfolio will be exhibited at the Foundation in 2014. Some boxes will be donated to international collections and will start a traveling exhibition.
For the Royal Spanish Academy [cycle] it is a period of history that is considered finished, the set of phenomena or operations that are repeated in an orderly manner, a group of epic traditions concerning a certain period of time or a series of phases through which a periodic phenomenon happens. On the other hand, the prefix “cycle” means “spins”, “spins”.
All disciplines, from anthropology to engineering, have cycles. As well as the cycles appear as processes that always follow the same phases in the same order. In this project we are inspired by the idea of [cycles] from multiple perspectives, alluding to the idea of movement, of turning, of beginning and end, of mythical return, of what left and ended, of what opens and It flourishes or repeats indefinitely giving rise to multiple visual interpretations. Beginning and end, return, stages, movement … will be some of the possibilities that artists can visually explore in this portfolio.
Silvana Blasbalg (Argentina) | Carla Beretta (Rosario, Argentina) | Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Marcela Casals (USA) | Hera Chan (Canadá) | Paola Cohen (Argentina) | Cristina Duro (Argentina) | María Guerreiro (Argentina) | Anne Heyvaert (Spain) | John Hitchock (USA) | Julie Krone (New Zealand) | Alexandra Leeds (Portland, USA) | Nöel Loeschbor (Argentina) | Nico Mazza (Brooklyn, USA) | Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Toni Mosley (New Zealand) | Santiago Ocampo (Argentina) | Jennifer Pickering (Canada) | Barbara Putnam (USA) | Carlos Scannapieco (Argentina) | Viviana Sierra (Argentina) | Federico Signorelli (Argentina) | Cristina Solía (Argentina) | Laura Tecce (Argentina) | Norma Villarreal (Argentina)
[CICLES] making of ´ace
Artists in dialogue
The International Project [CYCLES] began with an open international call for artists to participate in a portfolio or graphic box, and in order to produce a dialogue and meeting under the theme “cycles”. A series of video conferences with guest artists and residents in other countries were also scheduled to deepen the multiple views on the subject.
Among the activities, a week of work was carried out at Fundación ´ace. Twenty-five artists were part of [CYCLES] Caja Gráfica and some of the project participants made their editions in the ´ace workshop. Within the working days the matrices were made and the works that made up the Portfolio of 28 signed and numbered copies were edited. Participants developed various printing and graphic techniques; photolithography, woodcut, algraphy, monotypes, frotagge, stencil, chine collé, digital printing, among others.
Once the project is finished, each of the participating artists will keep 1 of the 28 copies in addition to participating in future exhibitions at the international level.
Master Printer / Workshop assistant
Adriana Moracci / Germán Sandoval Silva
Artists working in ´ace
Carla Beretta | Marcela Casals | Hera Chan | Paola Cohen | Alexandra Leeds | Nico Mazza | Santiago Ocampo | Jennifer Pickering | Viviana Sierra | Federico Signorelli | Laura Tecce
Cycles @ Bs As
By the Law of Periodical Repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again and again-and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another’s, and each obeying its own law…the same Nature which delights in periodical repetition in the skies is the Nature which orders the affairs of the earth. Let us not underrate the value of that hint.
For the first ’aceNITE of the year, named Memory, an International Project developed during 2014 with the participation of 25 artists from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Spain, USA and New Zealand, called Cycles, was exhibited.
Cycles was an initiative through which we were able to make spaces available for work in print media to be created, as well as spaces for the interaction among artists from different nationalities. Each of the participants created a print inspired in the idea of [cycles] from their own multiple perspectives, alluding to the idea of movement, rotation, beginning and end, of mythical return of what was and ended, what opens and closed or what is repeated indefinitely leading to multiple visual interpretations.
After this project, 28 portfolios had been made, were 25 of them were donated to the artists, and the rest, were donated to two public collections at Frogman´s Print Workshop in the USA and the Talleres Nacionales de Gráfica in Mexico, as well one portfolio is part of the Fundación ´ace Art Archives.
Anne Heyvaert (Spain) | John Hitchock (USA) | Barbara Putnam (USA) | Toni Mosley (New Zealand) | Carlos Scannapieco (Argentina) | Silvana Blasbalg (Argentina)
Carla Beretta (Rosario, Argentina) | Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Marcela Casals (USA) | Hera Chan (Canadá) | Paola Cohen (Argentina) | Cristina Duro (Argentina) | María Guerreiro (Argentina) | Julie Krone (New Zealand) | Alexandra Leeds (Portland, USA) | Nöel Loeschbor (Argentina) | Nico Mazza (Brooklyn, USA) | Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Santiago Ocampo (Argentina) | Jennifer Pickering (Canada) | Viviana Sierra (Argentina) | Federico Signorelli (Argentina) | Cristina Solía (Argentina) | Laura Tecce (Argentina) | Norma Villarreal (Argentina)
[CYCLES] @ University of Nebraska, USA
Cycles Portfolio was selected through an open call for exhibition during Frogman’s 35th Anniversary Print Workshop. The exhibition was featured at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weber Fine Arts Building . After the exhibition, the portfolio was donated by Fundación´ace to the Frogman´s Print Workshop collection.
ABOUT FROGMAN´S PRINT WORKSHOP
Frogman’s Print Workshop began humbly back in 1979 when Professor Lloyd Menard led five school teachers from Sioux City, Iowa to the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA, for a drawing class. Prints were first introduced in 1981 and the workshops evolved into the Black Hills Print Symposium which took place at various sites in Western South Dakota, USA.
The Black Hills set an amazingly beautiful backdrop to the workshops, but by 1996, the workshops had outgrown the confines of the Hills and were moved to Beresford, South Dakota, home of Frogman’s Press & Gallery. The workshops would only spend two years based out of Beresford before moving to nearby Vermillion and the University of South Dakota. Frogman’s would call USD home for nearly twenty years.
Later on, in 2016, Frogman’s made the big leap to Nebraska and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where the Frogman took his first ever print class over 50 years ago. Currently, Frogman is directed by Lloyd Menard´s son, Jeremy Menard who is also University of Nebraska at Omaha as their Curator & Visual Resource Manager.
ABOUT UNO (University of Nebraska)
UNO is Nebraska’s metropolitan university — a university with strong academic values and significant relationships with its community that transforms and improves the lives of those on a local, regional, national, and international level.
UNO is dedicated to the city and state of Nebraska. As the University of Nebraska’s metropolitan university campus, no fences or barriers separate students from the opportunities offered by the greater Omaha area. It addresses real issues, providing relevant learning opportunities that uniquely prepare our graduates as professionals and active members of their community.
Gallery Talk | July 8, 2016
Silvana Blasbalg (Argentina) | Carla Beretta (Argentina) | Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Marcela Casals (USA) | Hera Chan (Canada) | Paola Cohen (Argentina) | Cristina Duro (Argentina) | María Guerreiro (Argentina) | Anne Heyvaert (Spain) | John Hitchock (USA) | Julie Krone (Australia) | Alexandra Leeds (USA) | Nöel Loeschbor (Argentina) | Nico Mazza (USA) | Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Toni Mosley (New Zealand)| Santiago Ocampo (Argentina) | Jennifer Pickering (Canada) | Barbara Putnam (USA) | Viviana Sierra (Argentina) | Carlos Scannapieco (Argentina) | Federico Signorelli (Argentina) | Cristina Solía (Argentina) | Laura Tecce (Argentina) | Norma Villarreal (Argentina)