Josée Bienvenu is pleased to present Left, Right, and Center, Ana Tiscornia's second exhibition with the gallery. Displacement, fissure, uncertainty, and repetition are constants in Tiscornia’s artistic practice. In her newest work, she seeks to unite the fortuitous and the precise: paintings on and of wood resembling demolished wall fragments and modernist house floorplans. This union activates perceptions of physical fragility and ideological failure. The use of architectural tools addresses the devastated space with the semantics of its own construction, mapping a sort of cartography of desolation and oblivion.
The works in the exhibition draw upon a paradoxical bond between architecture —a language of construction par excellence— and the language of destruction and dislocation. An act of despair and an act of hope at the same time, these works point to a poetic rescue in the middle of a debacle as much as they reveal a perversity in the friction between presentation and content.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1951, Ana Tiscornia lives and works in New York. She represented Uruguay in the II and IX Biennial of Havana, Cuba, and in the III Biennial of Lima, Peru, she also participated in the Biennial of the End of the World, Mar del Plata, Argentina. Select exhibitions include: Art OMI, Ghent, New York (2018); Contemporary Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MACBA), AR (2018); Figari Museum, Montevideo, UY (2017) MUHAR Museum of Art History, UY (2017); National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo, UY (2015); Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2013); Gurvich Museum, Montevideo, UY (2013); Columbia University, New York (2013). Tiscornia is Emeritus Professor, at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. She writes for several specialized art publications and is the author of the book, “Vicissitudes of the Visual Imaginary: Between Utopia and Fragmented Identity”, published by White Wine Press in collaboration with District Four.