2014 saw Sebastian Gordin have a retrospective of his work at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, Argentina.
The exhibition presented fantastic array of Gordin’s work.
But how does one look at a Gordín? There are two main devices by which the artist directs the spectator’s gaze. The first is the peephole that allows Gordín to control the point of view, making spectators not just participants, but also accomplices of his work. One could say that Gordín builds his scenes to be seen by a single spectator who will share the artist ́s dreams, fascinations and fears, as filtered through their imagination. The second is the display case, the setting for many of his three-dimensional scenes and the device that allows Gordín to frame his works within a limited, manageable space. (Noorthoorn, 2014, Sebastián Gordín: Un extraño efecto en el cielo , P28, exhibition catalogue).
Victoria Noorthoorn writes; “A great artist is someone who can convey their vision of the world through their work, without any need for further explanation. This is true of Sebastián Gordín, the forty-four year old artist whose first retrospective we have the honour of presenting at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. From very early in his career, Gordín was able, with great honesty, to create works of art that reveal his fascinating perspective of reality. I say ‘honesty’ because very few artists are able to liberate themselves from the trends, fashions and working methods that prevail at any given time and be faithful to themselves. Gordín was more than capable of doing this and today his distinctive, inimitable humour and fascinating drawings, models and characters stand out from the crowd. His is an absolutely original world whose creation began twenty-five years ago. “
5 February - 25 May 2014