Jorge Macchi explores ideas of chance and the relationship between sounds and images in installations, videos, books, collages, maps, and even musical scores. His works’ formal austerity conjures comparisons with minimalist and conceptual art, but their subtle lyricism is more evocative of poetry.
Macchi teases meaning and melodies out of ordinary occurrences and everyday objects. The speed and sequence of cars streaming onto a five-lane highway generates a music box composition (Caja de música, 2003); the cracked pattern of glass broken upon a map structures an interactive tour of incidental urban highlights (Buenos Aires Tour, 2003). Macchi also adopts mass media as a source of raw material. In As folhas mortas (2004), newspapers whose texts have been excised hang like flimsy paper skeletons against the gallery wall, ephemeral grids that suggest the fragility (and flexibility) of truth. As eloquent as they are unassuming, Macchi’s works allow a variety of messages to be heard and read between the lines.
Jorge Macchi was born in 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives and works. Recent solo shows include the Argentine Pavillion, 51st Venice Biennale, Italy (2005); Galería de Arte Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005); and Galería Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2003). Group exhibitions include the XXVI Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2004); the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2003); and The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2001).