Launch of the book “Notizheft” by Gonzalo Díaz

Launch of the book “Notizheft” by Gonzalo Díaz
Launch of the book “Notizheft” by Gonzalo Díaz

Launch of the book “Notizheft” by Gonzalo Díaz

  • Gallery D21, Nueva de Lyon 19, department 21), Los Leones, Providencia.
  • Thursday, May 23 – 6:00 p.m..

The visual artist Gonzalo Díaz presents his new book “Notizheft”, a set of reflections around the nine works exhibited at Galería D21 during November 2019. Accompanied by the texts of Nelly Richard, Eugenio Dittborn, Carlos Pérez and Pablo Oyarzún, the publication delves into the “objectual notes” that were surprised by the demands and mobilizations of the Chilean social outbreak.

The academic and 2003 National Fine Arts Awardee presented his exhibition Notizen days after the start of the social mobilizations that would mark the country’s political and constitutional agenda. Notizen – which in German means “notes”, “notes” or “sketches” – addressed nine pieces worked between 2017 and 2019, which the artist described as material and object formulations of an aphoristic type.

“That exhibition I did in 2019, I was on the verge of not doing it due to the circumstances of the moment. It was carried out between the plague and the outbreak, two great events that completely surpass a certain normality that art requires for its expression and formulation,” Díaz reflects on the context of Notizen.

More than four years later, and from the hand of Ediciones de La Cortina de Humo, comes Notizheft or “notebooks”. This brings together the photographic material of the works, taken by Jorge Brantmayer, along with the texts of the critic and essayist Nelly Richard, the visual artist Eugenio Dittborn and the philosophers Carlos Pérez and Pablo Oyarzún.

For the visual artist Consuelo Rodríguez, the works that make up Notizen are arranged in the D21 Gallery with mismatches of temporalities, crafts and technologies, resolved in heterogeneous materials: “Gonzalo Díaz worked with old pieces, pieces ordered to be made and domestic objects of his own. home. The diversity that is present in the works addresses everything from problems of the language of painting, of history, to old philosophical problems of appearance and appearance such as The Myth of the Cave.” In the same way, Rodríguez says, the texts present in Notizheft approach this heterogeneity from different readings, whether political and contingent, as well as from a more philosophical and conceptual position.

Regarding the academics who contributed to the making of his book, Gonzalo Díaz explains that “they are people with whom I have worked for a long time, and who always manage to articulate issues that the artist does not reach. They make totally unexpected and useful relationships, both for those who do the work and for those who observe it.” The passing of the years gives Notizheft a distance that its creator finds necessary to be able to resignify the works, in this way the book has “the ability to preserve, giving the pieces a circulation space that it did not have at the time.” .

Its launch will have the presence of its collaborators along with Consuelo Rodríguez and the critic Diego Parra.

Project funded by Fondart Metropolitan Region, Call 2023.

About the artist

Gonzalo Díaz (1947). Between 1965 and 1969 he studied at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Chile. Assistant and professor in the painting workshops of the University of Chile since 1969, at the beginning of the eighties he moved away from painting in favor of conceptual and objectual work, linking with artists and theorists of the so-called “Scene “Advanced”. In his work since then, his search for an adaptation of artistic procedures with the thematic dimensions and political references of the work has prevailed, actively participating in discussions and reflections on the use of new artistic languages ​​and criticism of the usual modes of representation. visual.

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