My Respite From IsolationSaturday, February 02, 2013
|Itzel Bazerque Patrich, Juan Manuel Sánchez, Nora Patrich, Santiago Giral
My bohemian art world ceased 7 years ago. Not that I was ever much of a bohemian or even an artist. My world before I met Juan Manuel Sánchez and Nora Patrich, two Argentine painters who were married to each other, was a world of magazine photography and annual reports. The art photographers of the city did not give me the time of day. I was a commercial hack. Secretly I believed there was an artistic streak in me but I had never really exploited it until I met the Argentines. I knew them for about 6 years before the separated and left for Buenos Aires on separate planes in 2006.
Before 2006 I was in constant communication with the pair as they lived near. We talked for hours on the phone and I visited them at any hour without much warning. We drank mate listened to tango, discussed art and planned and worked on projects we called colaboraciones. Anything I might suggest was a go. They were eager. We used my studio or their home which was full of antiques, books and kinds of stuff like swords, masks, mirrors, hats, etc. We persuaded all kinds of women and men to take off their clothes so they would pose for us. Both Patrich and Sánchez were rapid and skilful sketchers but every once in a while would tell me to slow down as my “instant” art (they never ever deprecated photography) required less time for individual poses. The three of us were fascinated with Argentine nostalgia which included an interest in Jorge Luís Borges’s labyrinths or the lyrics of forgotten tangos. We shared reading material. Sánchez plunked a Chilean edition of Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain and told me to read it. I did.
With them I met other people with a passion for the arts.
|Juan, Nora & Laura Machi
When Patrich and Sánchez left my world collapsed I fell into an isolation that has really not ever left me. I cannot understand why the people I know here are reluctant to collaborate. One painter acquaintance of mine does not like to draw figure work. The painter is unsure and would rather work from a photograph.
When I approach subjects to be my models they are reluctant to work the way I worked with Sánchez, Patrich and our Argentine models. We might have work for days and one of our subjects, Linda Lorenzo posed for us for almost a year. I have yet to find passion and commitment in this city which since 1975 has been my city.
My isolation has had a respite today. Nora Patrich, in Vancouver for a few weeks and Julia worked today on a little project that Patrich will place in an exhibition in July 2014 in the Museum of Eva Perón in Buenos Aires. She is placing some of her work and also curating the show which is going to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of Eva Perón’s death.
Our little project will consist of my photograph, a painting and a video by an Argentine video artist. Our theme is: “Last night I dreamt I was Eva Perón.”
Patrich has promised to return and who knows I just might scrape some money and attend that opening in Buenos Aires in July of 2014. And of course this would mean I might get together with Juan Manuel Sánchez and a colaboracíon could be in the making.
|Carmen Aguirre, Nora Patrich, Itzel Bazerque Patrich, Juan Manuel Sánchez & La Facunda
|Juan Manuel Sanchez y la Facunda
|Nora Patrich, January 30, 2013
In the company of Argentines
Live Art/Acto Vivo
Mate and an ostrich egg
Nostalgia for women in skirts and dresses
The essence of a woman
Journey back to the source