Eduardo Basualdo’s space-based work “incisive“ consists of a single enormous drawing. Entirely covering the walls of the exhibtion space it creates the impression of a room within a room. The paper that the drawing is applied on is razor-thin. It shows a bar structure that might remind the viewer of a cage or a prison. The drawing is formed via a special frottage-technique; the paper is placed over a large metal crate, which is then rubbed down with graphite, transferring the structure of the bars onto the paper.
“Incisive“ is an installation that plays with references to both the inside of a museum and the motif of the White Cube as well as a prison or the closed-off areas of a city. The fragility of the drawing on the ultra-thin paper that lightly sways as onlookers move past creates a strong contrast to its subject, the metal bars. Usually bars serve to restrict and control freedom of movement by enclosing and excluding. As a wall-sized drawing they create a feeling of being locked in, while simultaneously confronting the visitor with the wide emptiness of the exhibition space itself. Here as well as in other works the artist is using simple means to create what at second glance emerges as a terrifying relationship between the body and its surrounding space.
Eduardo Basualdo (born 1977 in Buenos Aires, AR, lives and works in Buenos Aires, AR) participated in the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2014, as well as the Venice Biennale and the Havanna Biennale in 2015.
Text: Gabriele Knapstein, Sven Beckstette