Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1963; lives in Buenos Aires
Paradoxical relations between time and space pervade the work of Jorge Macchi an artist who deals with the literary heritage of his country and advances it, influencing a generation of younger Argentine artists who have learned from him how to continue in the visual arts the line of fantastic literature that comes from Jorge Luís Borges, Julio Cortázar and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Macchi has worked since the end of the 1980s in different media, spanning from drawing to installation, from painting to the artists book, always seeking something specific in these supports. The work 10:51 (2009) masterfully links a video projection (time) with the room where it takes place (space). By adjusting the scale of the projection to that of the room and positioning the projected clock at the corner of the wall with the ceiling, the work makes the measurement of time stop unless the passage of time ultimately signifies the destruction of the space. This exasperating movement is repeated indefinitely. Games of language, with a certain sense of melancholy and impossibility, are Macchis hallmark. His works seem to tell us that our inability to solve these paradoxes is the very source of our fascination with them.