FABIAN MARCACCIO’S FLEX PAINTANTS: EXPANDING THE MEANING OF PAINT AND TECHNOLOGY
Galerie Thomas Schulte presents Fabián Marcaccio's Flex-Paintants—the artist's fifth solo exhibition with the gallery—featuring new sculptural Flex-Paintants in the gallery's main space and digital Animation Paintants in the Corner Space.
Created in the last two years during the pandemic, the works on view reveal a pronounced corporeality, even when set in tension with their own dissolution. Argentinan artist Fabián Marcaccio works to expand the concepts, material, space, and temporality of painting in the digital age.
The exhibition displays works hand-painted and composed of 3D-printed polyurethane and silicone. There is a fusion of digital technology and organic matter, set in dialogue to create highly articulated and textured images in varying states of abstraction and decomposition.
“In tandem with Marcaccio's process-oriented approach, the experience of viewing—the process of perception—becomes a source of action in the paintings: their appearance changes depending on our position and proximity. A ghostly image seen from a distance reveals a complex (re)organizing structure when seen up close. At times, they cannot be fully experienced unless approached from a particular angle”, explains curator of the show Julianne Cordray.
Fabian Marcaccio was born in Rosario in Argentina in 1963. His work poses the question whether traditional painting traditions can survive the digital age. In order to investigate this, he uses printmaking transfer techniques to make his pieces, while manipulating generally held conventions of painting. This cutting-edge style has afforded him international acclaim since the 1990s. More recently, he has relied upon digital and industrial techniques such as 3D-printing to infuse his painting process with spatial and temporal concerns. The results are environmental paintings, animations, and "paintants" that combine digitally manipulated imagery, sculptural form and three-dimensionally painted surfaces. Marcaccio studied at the University of Philosophy in Rosario, Argentina. In 2011, he was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture. Fabian Marcaccio lives and works in New York City.
Flex-Piantants. Solo exhibition by Fabián Marcaccio.
Curated by Julianne Cordray.
Until December 3rd, 2022.
Galerie Thomas Schulte GMBH. CHARLOTTENSTRASSE 24, D–10117 Berlin, Germany.