In Transition: 2010 CIFO Grants and Commissions Program Exhibition is the seventh exhibition dedicated to the foundation's programs at the CIFO Art Space. The exhibition presents new works by this year's mid-career Commission recipients: Marco Maggi (Uruguay) and Elida Tessler (Brazil) and emerging Grant recipients: Tatiana Blass (Brazil), Eugenia Calvo (Argentina), Runo Lagomarsino (Argentina), Gisela Motta/ Leandro Lima (Brazil), Jorge Pedro Nuñez (Venezuela), and Gabriel Sierra (Colombia).
As is the case with every program exhibition, the projects are not selected based on a specific curatorial theme. Yet despite the fact that these artists are of varying generations and separated by geographic boundaries, there is always a common thread that runs through the works: a thread that joins the small conversations which form part of a larger dialogue concerning the practices that define contemporary art today. All of the works in this exhibition demonstrate to some degree of transformation between varying states or points of perception-they are a series of transitions or glimpses into processes which appear not yet finalized.
Tatiana Blass' installation and Eugenia Calvo's videos re-interpret the physical state of objects while Jorge Pedro Nuñez and Runo Lagomarsino's installations reflect upon the historical trajectory and implications of abstraction and narration. Marco Maggi and Elida Tessler's works directly use a process oriented approach to examine the passage of time and the transformative qualities of the medium itself. Although Gabriel Sierra also works with the idea of process in creating his site-specific installation, he also challenges the viewer's perception of space by installing pieces that extend beyond the typical gallery perspective. Similarly, Gisela Motta/Leandro Lima's fabricated landscapes distort reality and create a transition of perception in the mind of the viewer.