Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo / March 2023

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Through her work, composed by endless clusters of brushstrokes, the artist communicates her perception of nature during her years in New Zealand.

In the course of 21 years of history, Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo has featured the work of 295 artists, holding 101 exhibitions determined to disseminate their artwork and promote artistic expressions to passersby in the historical center of Santiago.

On this occasion, we are pleased to present the sixth individual show of artist Ana Catalina Vicuña (Chile, 1977), a Design graduate from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Vicuña began her artistic career in 2004 in New Zealand and has participated in many collective exhibits, both in Chile and overseas.

Her work has shifted from the geometrical to more somatic forms, transiting from printmaking to embroidery and painting. The common thread has been the two-dimensionality of the canvas and the repeated gesture of marking surfaces with lines, stitches, stains, and texts.

This show is called "Hábito infinito" (Infinite Habit), which is quite descriptive, for it defines the artist's attitude towards her work ever since 2018. The core operation of this project is a persevering procedure that she puts into practice, based on insistently making watercolor strokes with a paintbrush over sheets of white paper. On the break of day, Vicuña retakes this action, which she will carry on until 2021.

Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo / March 2023

Ana Catalina presents a body of work, in a variety of formats, in which she randomly offers agglomerations of brushstrokes, which, due to their proximity create optical effects. There are also random organic motions resulting from watery stains, which fade and dissipate when the tone matches the surfaces' color.

She has been working on the last material for this exhibition since 2021, returning to the same system, but in this case, writing countless times the word "silencio" (silence) with graphite over the pale surface, creating a deeper texture by exercising redundancy.

We would like to invite you to enjoy this experience of 22 works that evoke the light of dawn and the stealth of its production amid the bustling sounds of downtown Santiago.

Mariana Silva Reggio,
curator at Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo

Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo / March 2023

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