Santiago Cucullu

Santiago Cucullu at MoMA with AvHR

Architectonic vs H.R.

HP Editions is pleased to announce the completion of a yearlong project with Argentinean-born artist Santiago Cucullu, released during the Editions/Artists Book Fair in New York City on November 2–5, 2006.

This ambitious publication consists of twelve 37 x 30 inch sheets of paper tiled together to make a 9-foot by 10-foot piece, echoing the installation-based murals for which Cucullu is known. Architectonic vs. H.R. features vibrant screenprinted layers that swirl and loop around black-and-white lithographic vignettes. Each individual “tile” contains different scenes, which suggest flashes of memory or historical snapshots, and can be re-arranged in varying combinations. Cucullu’s work (which he has referred to as a “visual mixed tape”) frequently comments on how autobiography is filtered through collective experience, and his new publication for HP Editions continues this exploration.

“Milwaukee-based Argentinean artist Santiago Cucullu chooses historically marginalized figures and events (often from his homeland’s anarchist movement) as the subject of his works, which include large wall drawings made of contact paper, watercolors, and sculptures. Cucullu’s references to figures such as anarchist and pamphlet printer Severino di Giovanni, Giovanni’s compatriots Alejandro and Paulino Scarfo, their Spanish forefather Fermin Salvochea, and the historian Osvaldo Bayer inflect a typical chronology of revolutionary fervor and protest, usually traced in straight lines from France, Russia, and Italy to the United States and back to Europe.” -Brian Sholis, Essay for “Hammer Projects: Santiago Cucullu”, Aug. 14, 2004 – Jan. 9, 2005

Santiago Cucullu’s has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions at Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; Galeria Labor, Mexico City, Mexico; Galeria Umberto Di Marino, Naples, Italy; and Center for the Study of World Civilization, Tokyo, Japan. Cucullu has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Musee de Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France. He was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2004 and has been the recipient of many grants and residencies, including a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Cucullu is based in Milwaukee, WI.