Nicolás Guagnini’s new drawings, made at home during self-isolation in spring 2020, are deeply personal meditations on the global COVID-19 pandemic. Verging on automatic, Guagnini sees these drawings as something that “came out of [him],” as if compelled by an alien organism stored within the self. The images incorporate his longtime interests in the grotesque and ornamental, and he describes them as “scientific illustrations on acid.” Allowing his hand to go in one direction and his mind to float freely, the forms that emerged are arabesque profiles surrounded by complex color gradations and defined with subtle line. Nicolás Guagnini (b. in 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an artist, writer, and curator. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and South America. This fall, Guagnini will have a survey of his performance works at the Mishkin Gallery at CUNY Baruch. Concurrently, Guagnini will present a newly commissioned performance at the Americas Society, New York. Most recently he was the subject of a solo exhibition at The Tarble Art Center in Charleston, IL. His collaborative entity Union Gaucha Productions showed at Artists Space in New York in 2015. He was a founding member of Orchard, the seminal artist-run gallery located on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side from 2005-2008. Guagnini recently authored the essay “White Male/Black Balls” in the catalog Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts for the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Artwork dimensions: 12 x 9 in (30.5 x 23 cm) Framed dimensions: 14.75 x 11.75 in (37.5 x 30 cm)
The price reflects the cost of the unframed drawing. Framing with natural wood and UV plexiglas, as pictured here, is available for an additional $250.