Josefina Guilisasti presents Objects Lights
Josefina Guilisast’s project Objetos Light continues the artist’s research, whose focus is the material culture and its representational matrices.
It consists of the installation of 60 white silicone pieces- made with molds which came from real porcelain items- in one of the display cabinets of the Museo de Artes Decorativas in Santiago de Chile. Through the work around the materialness in this series of figures, the old is stressed with the contemporary. It is about another version of her still live work, which plays with the referential interruption of the objects in a "zero degree", intervening the imaginary of the ornamental heritage.
In this intervention in the Museum, the artist questions the composition and uses of the objects, subjecting them to both a radical and silent transformation. The chosen space is relevant and strategic, since it allows to further exaggerate the results, contrasting that which is sterile with what is loaded with history but, above all, to highlight the separation between the Decorative Arts and Fine Arts. In this movement Guilisasti restores the dignity which these trivial ask for themselves, as matter that bears everyday issues and memory. Moreover, the title of this intervention emphasizes the opposition of the result, the elasticity, lightness and whiteness of these new pieces, in the presence of the rigidity, color and expressiveness of the original porcelain referent, eloquent expression of the aspirations and denials which have prevailed in Western history.
The figures were made by the artists Jaime Torres and Fernando de Calisto, members of the Patio Art Sculpture Workshop (Santiago de Chile), after focusing on a long research to get to master the complex art of casting silicone molds. The process involved the use of rubber molds to get the originals’ replicas.