The Immortal is an exhibition that transforms the gallery into a self-reflexive space to explore the visual ideology of Modernism. Utilizing various forms such as painting, collage, and sculpture/furniture, the artists Facundo Argañaraz and Chris Hood have created an installation where no prioritization of objects is present. Artworks lean, stand, hang, turn and act as framing or support for other artworks creating an inquiry into the relationship between object, art, decoration and utilitarian function. The installation’s imagery draws from mid-century design catalogs and retro advertisements depicting various 20th century utopias. The images are reproduced from Internet archives, photocopied from vintage magazines and then used as direct mark-making tools. By employing the reproduction as a physical medium, the artists portray the visual ideology of Modernism as both an immortal and dead series of forms.
The title of the exhibition references Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Immortal,” written in 1949. “The Immortal,” in short, is a story about the infinite flux of the universe’s (and human) permutations and the dreadful character of its endless repetitions. The story lays bare the banality and entropic characteristic of all human enterprise, the erosion of content through time and the impossibility of anything new. Everything has already been said. Considered an important precursor and originator of many Postmodern devices, it deals with themes such as the death of the author, pastiche, intertextuality, self-reflexiveness and disbelief in master narratives.
Facundo Argañaraz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied illustration and painting from a very young age and later earned a degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After traveling worldwide for more than two and a half years without a pause, he moved to California to pursue a career as a painter and visual artist. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including recent exhibitions at UNtitled Pop Up Gallery, Buenos Aires, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, The LAB, San Francisco, MCCLA, San Francisco.
Chris Hood was born in 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia and currently lives and works in San Francisco. Exploiting a wide range of materials and subject matter, Chris creates iconic abstractions with installations, paintings, and sculptures in a nuanced critique of the condition of contemporary art making. By playfully mining the shifting boundaries between established art forms and processes of digital imaging, he casts doubt on current systems of cultural reception and consumption. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited nationally and internationally including recent exhibitions at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Pehrspace, Los Angeles, Federal Art Projects, Los Angeles, and Blankspace, Oakland.