FAENA ART CENTER - Boldly Avant-Garde
By: EJ Webber
Artistic flair has taken the forefront again at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires with two major spring 2014 exhibitions: Fyodor’s Performance Carousel featuring the work of Russian born Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich – and GPS/Poetic Social Geometry by Agustina Woodgate the Argentinian born artist.
Fyodor’s Performance Carousel (May 20 – 26, 2014)
A revolving circular stage divided into nine parts that unveils individual performances.
Born in Moscow, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich divides his time between his native city, London, and São Paulo. His major works include: My Mouth Is A Temple (2009, part of Marina Abramovic Presents at the Manchester International Festival, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Maria Balshaw); Hygiene (2009, Deitch Projects, New York); Egobox (2010, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and RoseLee Goldberg, and presented in various places); and Laughterlife (2013, curated by Marcio Harum, São Paulo Cultural Center). Fyodor work is featured in the bookPerformance Now: 2000-2013, written by RoseLee Goldberg (Thames & Hudson, 2014).
GPS/Poetic Social Geometry (May 20 – June 8, 2014)
Woodgate’s groundbreaking artistic explorations were developed by melding various artistic elements together - elements such as textile art combined with street performance.
Following her graduation from the National University Institute of Art (IUNA) in 2004, Woodgate moved to Miami, where she developed an artistic practice that combines disciplines as far removed from each other as textile art and street performance. Her individual projects include Organic (2005, Liquid Blue Gallery, Miami), Letting Down (2008, Spinello Gallery, Miami), Endlessly Falling (2009, Dimensions Variable, Miami), Growing Up (2010, Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami), If These Walls Could Talk (2011, Spinello Projects, Miami), New Landscapes (2012, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami), and Rugs (2014, Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida).
Faena Arts Center Buenos Aires
The FAC is a center for arts and artistic experimentation, created by Faena to present groundbreaking site-specific installations and generate ideas and conversation with the international contemporary art world, and within its surrounding community of Buenos Aires. Faena transformed the old machine room of an emblematic turn-of-the-twentieth century mill into a space that fosters and encourages bold creativity on a monumental scale. With its 4,000m² of exhibition space, the FAC is the heart and soul of the Art District, and is generously supported in its mission by HSBC and Citroën.
The center is open to the public Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, 12-7 p.m. For further information: www.faenaartscenter.org