Sunday, September 11, 2011

New York artist Fabian Marcaccio takes on banks and terrorism in Berlin

"This-just-out-Paintant" by Fabian Marcaccio (2009)

New York artist Fabian Marcaccio takes on the banking crisis, trans-sexuality, genetic engineering, terrorism, globalization as well as the media in his solo show, “The Structural Canvas Paintants”,which opened today (11 Sept.) at the Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin, running through 20 November.

Marcaccio on 10 September received the Bernard Heiliger Award for Sculpture.

Memorializing sculptor Bernhard Heiliger (1915 – 1995), the foundation of the same name set up in 1999 recognizes sculptural works “with intrinsic significance irrespective of art-market fashions, which has contributed considerably to sculpture or to the perception of sculpture as an art form,” an official news release said.

What is a “paintant” you may ask? I did.

A work by Fasbian Marcaccio
It´s a hollow but three-dimensional mutation of painting and sculpture using cotton duck or heavy duty canvas, treating it with a polymer medium and aluminum micromesh, on which you paint and play at will.

“The surface is printable, paintable and foremost, sculptable,” Maraccio, born in Argentina, says on his official website. “It can be constructed and deconstructed. Assembled and disassembled. It´s 3D but not a solid object.”

Marcaccio adds: “Paintant values mutation and corruption as producers of links and resonates with our multiple realities.” 

Translators, anyone?

Regardless of the author´s or curator´s textual descriptions, it is the image that counts.

The artist moved to New York at age 22 and has lived and worked there 26 years.

Marcaccio´s abundant CV reveals numerous solo and group shows worldwide.

The jury awarding him the Bernhard Heiliger Award included: Udo Kittelmann, director of the National Gallery in Berlin; Prof. Dr. Raimund Stecker, director of the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, and Dr. Anda Rottenberg, independent curator and former director of the National Gallery Zacheta for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

Wikipedia reports the artist employs digital and industrial techniques to “infuse his painting process with spatial and temporal concerns.”

"Untitled" by Fabian Marcaccio
Rock on and practice peace and love.
Stefan, the ArtTraveler ™

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