A universe of glitter by Gustavo Nieto at PASTO gallery

March 10, 2022 | nadiaevangelina

"El Diálogo" (The Dialogue) is a solo exhibition by Argentine artist Gustavo Nieto, from the province of Tucumán, held at PASTO gallery. The project is inspired by the writings and discoveries of Galileo Galilei, and brings together a series of works based on a unique technique of crimped sequins that creates a visual identity for the galaxies closest to the Milky Way: Can Major Dwarf, Sagittarius Elliptical Dwarf, Large Magellanic Cloud, Boötes Dwarf, and Small Magellanic Cloud.

"Can Major Dwarf", Sequins set with nails on mdf. 216 x 163 x 3 cm. 2021

"Small Magellanic Cloud", Sequins set with nails on mdf. 153 x 183 x 3 cm, 2021

"Large Magellanic Cloud", Sequins set with nails on mdf. 186 x 153 x 3 cm, 2021

The dialogue stems from the words written a century ago by Galileo Galilei: "Dialogue on the two highest systems of the Ptolemaic and Copernican world", a phrase that determined the astronomer's future. For his thoughts, Galileo suffered a painful trial established by the Inquisition that culminated in his execution. Gustavo Nieto, in his works that took him four years to produce, tries to cipher the Galileo that lives in him, that almost obsessive curiosity for the world around him. The artist proposes a connection with the universe and infinity from the concept of love.

The exhibition welcomes the visitor in an intimate atmosphere with moss green walls and dim lights, creating a sense of tranquility and comfort. The galaxy works are characterized by a lysergic look that quickly attracts the visitor's attention. This maximalist aesthetic is intensified by the large size of the works that allows one to see in detail this universe created by Nieto. But in addition to the striking galaxies, the artist also created a series of interventions on porcelain plates and figures, and a large canvas made with nails and sequins that extends over an entire wall with the phrase: "Do you remember our pact to die together?".

"Do you remember our pact to die together?", Text painting on textile. 250 x 200 x 4 cm. 2021.

Untitled, Intervention on porcelain plates. 40 x 18 x 2,5 cm, 2016

Untitled, Intervention on antique porcelain fgures on stainless steel shelf. 40 x 24 x 20 x 20 cm, 2016.

Nieto's proposal goes beyond his individual idea and colorful works. The glitter, the sequins, or the collage are part of a trend that leans towards the naive and almost childish kitsch, and that was configuring an aesthetic of Argentine art. Those techniques and resources from which the artist nourishes himself are based on an anti-academic and anachronistic style that reflects the obstinate presence of the school manualism of local art. This tradition may or may not be capricious, but it demonstrates the parallel path that Argentine artists took concerning global trends at different times. While the great discourses of art were always built by first-world countries, Argentines knew how to differentiate themselves and create a more self-referential art, more related to DIY, decorative and naive.

The exhibition is a perfect demonstration of the work of PASTO, a gallery that aims to disseminate Latin American contemporary art. Buenos Aires as a venue works as a fundamental platform for the encounter and diffusion of divergent practices and looks, taking into account that it is a developing market. Experimentation and dialogue are the basis of all the projects presented in this gallery.

"El Diálogo" (The Dialogue)
Location: PASTO Gallery, Av. Paseo Colón 1490, C1063 CABA, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Opening Date: 5th November 2021 
End Date: 11th March 2022
Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 15pm to 20 pm

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