Works 1990-2011
Mercedes Casanegra - María Torres

The body of work that we have chosen for this publication is representative of the artist’s relationship with his material, corrugated cardboard, and of his work process, which goes from the use of the material as a support (figurative pieces where the cardboard replaced the sheets of wood he had been using previously) to works resulting from the artist’s dialogue with the material. Hence, the selection and photographic register- recreation attempt to evidence how, through the artist’s investigation, an industrial material reveals its expressive, formal, conceptual potential. The selection is not linear or strictly chronological; this is a consequence of artist’s reluctance to date his work and of his tendency to rework prior pieces with new interventions or new installations.
Furthermore, by the early 1990s—the date of the first pieces in this publication—the process described above was well underway.
Our story, then, begins in media res and has an open ending, with a work in progress which, like a coda, ends this book. M.T.

Vistas de dos instalaciones fotográficas: Copia de seguridad (pp. 8-11), siete fotografías transferidas a cartón corrugado, 135 x 105 cm cada una;
Malas hierbas (pp. 12-15), diez fotografías transferidas a cartón corrugado, 200 x 200 cm cada una, y un objeto de cartón corrugado, 90 x 225 x 390 cm
[Views of two photographic installations: Backup, seven photographs copied onto corrugated cardboard,135 x 105 cm each, and Bad Herbs, ten photographs copied onto corrugated cardboard, 200 x 200 cm each, and one object of corrugated cardboard, 90 x 225 x 390 cm]
Arte x Arte, Fundación Alfonso y Luz Castillo, Buenos Aires, 2009

Sin título, de la instalación Estigma, 1993-1995 cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica [Untitled, from the Stigma installation corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint] 138 x 116 x 21 cm

Sin título, de la instalación Estigma, 1993-1995 cartón corrugado, astillas de madera y pintura acrílica [Untitled, from the Stigma installation corrugated cardboard, wood splinters and acrylic paint] 157 x 119 x 21 cm

Sin título, de la instalación Estigma, 1993-1995 cartón corrugado, cinta adhesiva y pintura acrílica [Untitled, from the Stigma installation corrugated cardboard, adhesive tape and acrylic paint] 108 x 127 x 39 cm

Imposición, 1991 cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica [Imposition, corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint] 65 x 60 x 30 cm

Sin título, 1990 cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica [Untitled, corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint] 44 x 97 x 37 cm

Introversión, 1991 cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica [Introversion, corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint] 60 x 80 x 30 cm

Sin título, 1992 cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica [Untitled, corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint] 342 x 93 x 50 cm p. 43, detalle [detail]

Sin título, de la serie Cajas, 1992-1994
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, from the Boxes series
corrugated cardboard]
26 x 26 x 26 cm

Sin título, de la serie Cajas, 1992-1994
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, from the Boxes series
corrugated cardboard]
26 x 26 x 26 cm

Sin título, de la serie Cajas, 1992-1994
cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica
[Untitled, from the Boxes series
corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint]
58 x 26 x 26 cm

Buscando una mujer I,
de la serie Libros, 1995
cartón corrugado
[Looking for a Woman I, from the Books series
corrugated cardboard]
35 x 47 x 45 cm

Garrá lo libro que no muerden, de la serie Libros, 1995 cartón corrugado [Grab it, Books Don’t Bite, from the Books series corrugated cardboard] 25 x 45 x 18 cm

Obsesión, de la serie Libros, 1995
cartón corrugado
[Obsession,from the Books series
corrugated cardboard]
35 x 55 x 56 cm

Existencia orgánica, de la serie Libros, 1995
cartón corrugado
[Organic Existence, from the Books series
corrugated cardboard]
45 x 49 x 29 cm

Como ventana para que cada uno vea lo que quiera ver, de la serie Libros, 1996
cartón corrugado
[Like a Window in Which Everyone Sees What They Want,
from the Books series
corrugated cardboard]
24 x 19 x 8 cm

Cantar a libro abierto, de la serie Libros, 1996
cuatro piezas de cartón corrugado
[Sing to Open Book, from the Books series
four pieces, corrugated cardboard]
49 x 140 x 80 cm

Sin título, 1996-1999 instalación de seis bloques
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, installation in six blocks
corrugated cardboard]
aprox. 63 x 150 x 85 cm

Sin título, 1996-1999 instalación de bloques apilados
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, installation of piled blocks
corrugated cardboard]
47 x 51 x 36 cm

Sin título, 1996-1999
instalación de cinco bloques
cartón corrugado
medidas variables según la instalación
[Untitled, installation in five blocks
corrugated cardboard, dimensions variable
depending on the installation]

Sin título, 1996-1999
instalación de siete bloques
cartón corrugado
medidas variables según la instalación
[Untitled, installation in seven blocks
corrugated cardboard, dimensions variable
depending on the installation]

Sin título, 2000-2006
cartón corrugado y madera
[Untitled, corrugated cardboard and wood]
45 x 22 x 10 cm

Sin título, 2000-2006
instalación de cinco piezas
cartón corrugado y madera
[Untitled, installation in five pieces
corrugated cardboard and wood]
55 x 60 x 35 cm

Sin título, 2000-2006
instalación de tres piezas
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, installation in three pieces
corrugated cardboard]
aprox. 11 x 34 x 2,5 cm c/u [each]

Sin título, 1999-2001
instalación de doce piezas con bisagra
cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica
[Untitled, installation in twelve pieces with hinge
corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint]
9 x 85 x 18 cm c/u [each]

Sin título
de la serie Vibración, 2004-2010
lámina de cartón corrugado
sobre pieza-soporte de
cartón corrugado y aceite
(ambos lados)
[Untitled, from the Vibration series
sheet of corrugated cardboard
on piece of corrugated cardboard
and oil. (Both sides)]
196 x 152 x 31 cm
pp. 74-75

Sin título
de la serie Vibración, 2004-2010
detalle
[Untitled, from the
Vibration series, detail]

Sin título, de la serie Vibración, 2004
lámina de cartón corrugado abierta y golpeada
[Untitled, from the Vibration series
open and beaten sheet of corrugated cardboard]
130 x 230 x 23 cm

Sin título, de la serie Vibración, 2004, detalle
[Untitled, from the Vibration series, detail]

Sin título, 2000-2006
cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica
[Untitled, corrugated cardboard
and acrylic paint]
60 x 197 x 9,5 cm
p. 81, detalle [detail]

Sin título, 2000-2004
instalación de tres piezas que se encastran
formando un bloque
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, installation of three pieces that fit together
to form a block, corrugated cardboard]
40 x 125 x 110 cm

Sin título, 2000-2006
dos piezas de cartón corrugado
[Untitled, two pieces, corrugated cardboard]
12 x 69 x 50 cm

Paletas, 2000-2006
instalación de tres piezas
cartón corrugado
[Boards, installation in three pieces
corrugated cardboard]
225 x 140 x 10 cm

Sin título, ca. 2004
cartón corrugado y pintura acrílica
[Untitled, corrugated cardboard
and acrylic paint]
52 x 27 x 7 cm

Sin título, 2000-2007
instalación de diez piezas
cartón corrugado, aceite, grafito y cemento
[Untitled, installation in ten pieces
corrugated cardboard, oil, graphite and cement]
aprox. 60 x 60 x 10 cm c/u [each]

Sin título, 2000-2007
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, corrugated cardboard]
60 x 60 x 10 cm

Sin título, 2000-2007
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, corrugated cardboard]
60 x 60 x 8 cm

Sin título, 2000-2007
cartón corrugado y aceite
[Untitled, corrugated cardboard and oil]
60 x 60 x 9,5 cm

Sin título, 2000-2007
cartón corrugado
[Untitled, corrugated cardboard]
60 x 60 x 10 cm

Señales de corte, de la serie Paletas, 2005-2009
instalación de cinco piezas
cartón corrugado y transferencia fotográfica
[Signals of Cutting, from the Boards series
installation in five pieces
corrugated cardboard and transferred photograph]
288 x 260 x 8 cm

Señales de corte, de la serie Paletas,
2005-2009, detalle
[Signals of Cutting, from the Boards series, detail]

Sin título, de la instalación Malas hierbas, 2008-2009 cartón corrugado y transferencia fotográfica [Untitled, from the Bad Herbs installation corrugated cardboard and transferred photograph] 200 x 200 cm

Sin título, de la instalación Copia de seguridad, 2008-2009 cartón corrugado, transferencia fotográfica y pintura acrílica (ambos lados) [Untitled, from the Backup installation, corrugated cardboard, transferred photograph and acrylic paint (both sides)] 135 x 105 cm

Sin título, de la instalación Re-construir, 2010-2011 objeto cúbico de cartón corrugado impermeabilizado, cintas de papel kraft, remaches y arandelas de aluminio 200 cm de lado [Untitled, from the Re-Construct installation cubical object of waterproofed corrugated cardboard, Kraft masking tape, aluminium rivets and washers 200 cm per side]

Sin título, de la instalación Re-construir, 2010-2011 cartón corrugado y transferencia fotográfica [Untitled, from the Re-Construct installation corrugated cardboard and transferred photograph] 50 x 50 cm

Sin título, de la instalación Re-construir, 2010-2011 cartón corrugado y transferencia fotográfica [Untitled, from the Re-Construct installation corrugated cardboard and transferred photograph] 50 x 50 cm