Ariel Cusnir

22/10/2015 - 20/11/2015

Tranzit / Gazelei 44, Bucharest, Romania

My work involves different formats such as watercolor, painting, writing and video, the axis from which begins to develop is the watercolor, and since 2012 have been working on what I consider my best illustrated, large index of topics on the relationship between civilization and water on the one hand, and the importance of the alphanumeric system in the development of our culture, on the other.

The format is that of an Atlas that presents a huge index of topics, and I am developing and forcing a chronological, scientific and humanistic narrative onto it. Together these recount the subjects that interest me in particular, and propose a decidedly subjective viewpoint, which is nevertheless solidly built and deployed on the map of common knowledge. It starts from the events that shaped the geological characteristics of our planet and extends to the contemporary period.

I like the format of the atlas because it plans to cover the overwhelming, it is intended for educational and communicative failure, despite being illegible; it combines text with an almost raw image, which has some stylistic purity; and although it is intended for technical application, it contains an enormous artistic potential.

The project uses as working material the development of the Internet, and some input from specialists in various fields including genetics, geology, history, archaeology, literature, ceramics, linguistic, and others. I conceive as the central task for the development of my work for this residency, a complete index of topics and a global model of content using these search tools as well visiting specific places such as those connected to the Thracian civilsation and development in the region.


Ariel Cusnir

Ariel Cusnir (b. 1981 Buenos Aires) studied art at the ENBA Pueyrredon in Buenos Aires and then followed different studio workshops led by Pablo Siquier, Ernesto Ballesteros and Leopoldo Estol. He holds a grant from the Center of Artistic Investigation created by Roberto Jacoby. His solo exhibitions were “Un Restaurante” (a restaurant), Oscar Cruz gallery. Sao Paulo, Brazil (2013) “Día del Padre” (father ́s day), Pasto gallery. Buenos Aires (2013)
“Los Indios”, (the Indians) Zavaleta Lab gallery. Buenos Aires (2011)
Galería Fernando Pradilla, Espacio Proyectos. Madrid, España (2008) and“Río Abajo” (down river), Centro Cultural Recoleta. Buenos Aires (2007) “Casi” (almost), Appetite gallery (2006). He participated in many collective art shows such as “Machete”, Machete gallery, DF, México
“Visite Israel / Visite Palestina”, at Metrónomo gallery. Bahia Blanca Biennale (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bahia Blanca). Argentina. “Future World: Unknown”, at Cienfuegos Gallery, Miami, “Acrónica”, curated by Rafael Cipolini, at the Museo de Arte del Tigre(MAT). Buenos Aires. “Ultimas Tendencias 2” (last tendencies), at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bs. As. “Escalera a Dulcinea”, next to Vicente Grondona and Octavio Garabello. Museo Lopez Claro. Azul. Buenos Aires. “Lenguajes en papel” (paper languages) Fernando Pradilla gallery (Madrid) “Epistemología Fan”, with Nicanor Aráoz y Virginia Negri, curated by Claudio Iglesias and Cecilia Pavón, at Mite gallery (Bs As) “Bosque” (forest) with Max Gómez Canle, Matías Duville y Máximo Pedraza, curated by Eva Grinstein at the Centro Cultural de España en Bs As (CCEBA)“Talent Preview”, White Box (New York)
“Jai-Lou-Lait” DPM Gallery (Guayaquil, Ecuador). He lives and works in Buenos Aires.