The Artists’ Atelier Tour
Article by Rachael Leonie.
Welcome to Artists’ Atelier Tour: Natalia Margiotta’s studio circuit that takes attendees behind the scenes and face-to-face with the most celebrated, impassioned, and forward-thinking artists of Buenos Aires. Guests meet at Galeria 5006 for coffee; are whisked off via private van; and taken from one studio to the next, left to peruse works-in-progress while participating in free-range dialogue with the artist.
Curious at how it all worked, I signed up to meet the artists, browse their collections, and provide fellow art buffs with an objective look into what could be the next revolutionary way of seeing art.
First Atelier – Mariana Guerrero
The first stop was Mariana Guerrero’s studio: a sunny, white-walled space, intermittently splattered with energizing floral prints. She favors the chutohampa Japanese technique –creating “unfinished” pieces, made complete once a viewer becomes engaged and emotionally invested in the artwork.
An invigorating and uplifting start to the tour; Guerrero’s buena onda spread throughout the crowd, making attendees as excited about her work as she is. The tour’s director, Natalia, touched upon Guerrero’s techniques and older work, stimulating thought and discussion, and helping attendees connect deeper with the artist.
Second Atelier – Magdalena Rantica
Magdalena Rantica’s paintings are beautiful, mystic, and eclectic explosions of color; capturing the spunk and passion of Rantica herself. Asian culture inspires her acrylic-on-canvas paintings, as seen by the Chinese art books and origami that scatter her studio shelves.
Rantica presented attendees with mate upon entry; an inviting gesture, immediately putting guests at ease in her studio. The artist remained devoted to her guests throughout the tour, describing everything from materials she uses to her favored techniques. Standing room was limited in the tight space, but Natalia steered the crowd so that all guests were comfortable, yet still included in conversation.
Third Atelier – Agustina Nuñez
Agustina Nuñez is well-known in the muralist world, and has now extended her work to paint and print. Her pieces transform everyday objects into intricate masterpieces. Her current series focuses on recreating images of a fruit she found in a New York market. Private homeowners commission her work in their living rooms, and galleries around the globe (from Brazil to Spain) display her pieces.
The most educational and informative stop on the tour. Attendees split off into smaller groups, each ooh-ing and aah-ing over different pieces of art. Natalia fluttered from group to group, answering questions and provoking discussion as Nuñez entertained other around the studio’s center table.
Fourth Atelier – Ricardo Roux
Yellow, red, blue, and black flood each of Roux’s 5-foot canvases. His most famed series includes canvas scribbled with broad-stroked, illegible text; another features maps of the world, superimposed by paint. The results are striking. Whichever piece you admire most, there’s a high probability it’s been either pawed, pet, or pounced on by his feline cohabitant, naively unaware of each painting’s prestige.
After three exhilarating meet-and-greets, the crowd’s previous endorphin rush plateaued into a more calming, relaxed vibe. Dim lighting and thick incense further quieted the crowd. Energy sparked when a buyer voiced interest in a painting; however, it also shifted the attention from the artist’s story and style to prices and packing options.
Fifth Atelier – Fabiana Barreda
Intuitive and intelligent, Fabiana Barreda transforms textbook psychology into art. Her project, Proyecto habitat, a series inspired by a small plastic house, started 10 years ago and continues today. Since then she’s combined elements of Zen and Japanese culture to create moving photographs of ornamented men and women.
Although Natalia had to leave before the last studio, the tour still ran smoothly –Fabiana Barreda needs no help. Interactive, intriguing, yet almost bordering on imposing, Barrera dove deep into each guest’s earliest memories as she asked attendees to describe their childhood home. As she intensely listened to each description, she drew on the guest’s hands and forearms. She then described the psychology behind her works, focusing on the chakras and energy. Each guest left the studio a bit more enlightened, with a piece of Barreda’s genius tattooed across their hands.
Natalia Margiotta is on to something. Nowhere else will you be able to travel through the minds, galleries, and studios of five distinctive artists in one day. Book your tour and make the most of your experience by coming prepared with questions, curiosity, and a fully-charged camera. And don’t forget to have a café before leaving Galeria 5006 –you’ll want all the energy you can get to keep up with this passionate pick of artists.