www.jorgemacchi.com

Jorge Macchi was born in 1963 in Buenos Aires where he lives and works.

Working in a variety of media, Argentine artist Jorge Macchi’s work can be defined through its precise sense of perception and observation. Using everyday objects as his focal point, Macchi is able to present these with an acute sensitivity, by placing them outside of their context and highlighting the often ignored. Fictions, inversions, paradoxes, and metamorphosis: everything aims to displace the „good sense“ and order of the Idea, of the predictable, of the knowable. In their elements and effects, the things in his work are animated by a disorder, by an unprecedented freedom. Macchi, in most cases, constructs paradoxical objects entirely in the real world. This way, the artist’s interest in producing errors that act as jokes and also as triggers of the uncanny, reveals a determination to embody something that escapes logic. His works put together an image that is both commonplace and impossible, as stubborn in its will to signify as it is in its resistance to signifying. But, at the same time, he is also almost scientific both in his interests, which revolve around a very specific type of logical experimentation, and in the control he exercises over language.
Macchi’s ability to create poetic-visual constructs in different media, languages, and supports challenge the viewer’s perception in a sort of combination of enigma and anecdote. He makes use of refined visual codes while also appealing to the viewers’ experience of the world and of everyday life. An important key to the interpretation of his work lies in that back and forth between the apparent, intentioned, and immediate meaning, on the one hand, and the different layers of a posteriori meaning, on the other, a key that privileges the paradox at play.
Another element for reflection on Macchi’s work is the way it is inserted in the exhibition venue, how it seizes the white cube as work surface. The potential transformation of the space by means of its planes and a cold yet humorous criticism of space is based on an unspoken alliance with the viewer.

Selected Exhibitions
MALBA Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2014
Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, 2014
MAMBA Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013
Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland, 2013
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013
7th Biennial of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 2012
Stedelijk Museum, Ghent, Belgium, 2011
11th Bienniale de Lyon, Lyon, France, 2011
Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2009
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009
The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, USA, 2007
51th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2005
4a Bienal de Artes Visuales del Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2003

Selected Collections
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA
Centre Pompidou Collection, Paris, France
Colecção Teixeira de Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal
Collection of Diane and Bruce Halle, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Collection of the Province of Hainaut, Belgium
CGAC – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Collezione AGI, Verona, Italy
Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Fundación ARCO, Madrid, Spain
Fundación Banco de la Nación Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fundación Cisneros, New York, USA
MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
MALI – Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru
MAMAC – Musée dʼArt Moderne et dʼArt Contemporain, Nice, France
MAMBA – Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina
MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
MUHKA – Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp, Belgium
MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leôn, Leon, Spain
Musée jenisch Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland
Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
SMAK – Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
Tate Modern Collection, London, United Kingdom
University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, Colchester, United Kingdom

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