Last days to visit Breaking News by Liliana Porter
The solo exhibition by Argentinan artist at Hosfelt Gallery closing next Wednesday, November 23rd.
Argentinian artist Liliana Porter is a master at distilling life and art to simple profundities through humorous juxtapositions of incongruous objects. For her first exhibition at the gallery in four years, Porter presents a full range of new work, including paintings, sculptural objects, installations, works on paper, photographs, and a new video, each addressing the proposition that time is non-linear and reality ungraspable.
Over the years, Porter has amassed a prodigious and eccentric collection of figurines, knickknacks, toys, and souvenirs from her global travels. These kitschy objects appear regularly in her work, inviting political, philosophical, and existential interpretation through their arrangement in unexpected situations. Each tchotchke represents a different era and cultural/historical narrative. Porter delights in manipulating time, history and reality by combining them as though in dialogue in an atemporal white space.
In her new video, titled Actualidades/Breaking News, Porter structures each scene as if it were a segment from a newscast or section in a newspaper, including "Arts and Leisure," "Fashion and Style," "World News," and "Religion." With music arranged and composed by Sylvia Meyer, each scenario becomes an evocative portrayal of the absurdities and tragedies perpetuated by poignant human surrogates in the form of shabby children's toys, hilarious religious and political icons, and other peculiar and pathetic mass-produced objects.