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ARTISTS

GUILLERMO MENA

1986, The Condors,  Argentina

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GUILLERMO MENA

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INSTALLATIONS

Drawing installation

In Guillermo Mena’s drawing installations he proposes a way to inhabit the space though drawing and material mechanisms that stand out by their temporality and ephemerality.
Drawing is conceived as a performative action setting a dialogue between the body, the material and architecture in an active and changing way.
Charcoal draws, it gets erased and transformed all the time, it lets you see accidents, storms and strong windy landscapes. 
With a huge nostalgic and personal content, this instance tries to evidence and make an awareness, with certain urgency, about human mechanisms based in a destructive inhabiting mechanisms, in which our home, by our own hands, becomes an ephemeral place, unstable and proxime to disappear.

 

WORKS ON PAPER

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Drawing installation

In Guillermo Mena’s drawing installations he proposes a way to inhabit the space though drawing and material mechanisms that stand out by their temporality and ephemerality.
Drawing is conceived as a performative action setting a dialogue between the body, the material and architecture in an active and changing way.
Charcoal draws, it gets erased and transformed all the time, it lets you see accidents, storms and strong windy landscapes. 
With a huge nostalgic and personal content, this instance tries to evidence and make an awareness, with certain urgency, about human mechanisms based in a destructive inhabiting mechanisms, in which our home, by our own hands, becomes an ephemeral place, unstable and proxime to disappear.

 

FOREST THE CONDORS

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Bosque los Cóndores

As part of the “return/erosion” project (2017) - Forest, Los Cóndores is a series of 20 photography prints, still frames captures extracted from an experimental video produced in an eucalyptus woods in Los Cóndores, Córdoba, (my birthplace)-

This project consisted in returning, through different mechanisms, to my place of origin.
To connect in a material way with that experience, a process of transformation that takes memories as central elements. It reflects on how we relate to those remembrances in a nostalgic and insistent way, getting, sometimes, close to erase them or even transform them irreversibly. 

 

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GUILLERMO MENA

BIO

 

Guillermo Mena (Los Cóndores, Córdoba, Argentina, 1986)

Guillermo Mena considers his drawing process an active and performative mechanism. Whether with graphite, charcoal or grease pencil, his hand oscillates over the surface with an immersive and compulsive character. Mena prefers working on large walls where he can portray his short and repeated gesture. 

Through his artistic practice he reflects on the destructive ways of nature. According to the artist, the extreme climatic events that occur in the world nowadays seem to be a sign of the finiteness and the ephemeral nature of our time. It’s an urgent call that we must all attend. 

Mena graduated from the School of Fine Arts Líbero Pierini as a Senior Technician in Visual Arts, and from Siglo XXI University as a Graphic Design Technician. He also attended art clinic seminars dictated by Daniel Fischer, Rodrigo Alonso, Lucas Di Pascuale and Claudia del Río, among others. In 2017 he was selected to participate in the annual Program for Artists Proyecto PAC. 

He featured his work in numerous national institutions such as: Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio Caraffa (Córdoba, Argentina), Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Genaro Pérez (Córdoba, Argentina), Museo René Brusau (Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina) and Galería Gachi Prieto (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Likewise, he participated in various artistic residencies such as: Proyecto CoWorking (Galería Gachi Prieto, Argentina, 2017);  Beca Fundación ‘ace (Fundación ‘ace, Argentina, 2018); Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo EAC (Montevideo, Uruguay, 2019) and  BaiR Late Winter Program. Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity (Alberta, Canada, 2020).

Regarding awards and contests he received several scholarships: the Beca Circulación (Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017); Beca de Formación (Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019) and the Raul Urtasun and Frances Harley Fellowship for Young Emerging Artists from Argentina (Alberta, Canada, 2020).  
 
At the same time, he participates in different audiovisual projects as an artist and art director.
 
Lives and works in Buenos Aires.


 

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