Gillespie Gallery of Art Presents Agustina Woodgate Facing Earth

By Editorial Team on March 3, 2020
Agustina Woodgate, Untitled (1927 World Globe), 2019, hand-sanded vintage globe with metal and wood stand.
Currently on view through March 28, 2020.

Mason Exhibitions is honored to introduce the art of Agustina Woodgate to the Greater Washington area following her inclusion in the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

With the advent of digital mapping technologies, the use of globes and paper maps will likely continue to diminish, at least as reference tools. As geological and political territories erode, Earth becomes a more volatile entity.

This exhibition features a collection of Agustina Woodgate’s recent artworks in which the artist uses techniques of erasure using sandpaper to alter the surfaces of analog cartographic instruments and didactics such as maps, globes, and atlases. This elemental process of sanding reveals a complex poetics in the resulting objects, destroying their functional properties, while evoking their essential poetic and sculptural significance.

Sanding erases demarcations of power, eroding intended and arbitrary features. As the artist meticulously destroys the surface of these maps–the historic and economic data, names of territories, and other references to land and water–she also painstakingly collects the resulting paper and ink dust particles. To create the series entitled Cosmética, these extractions have been sorted by color, caked into tins, and embedded in granite and marble slabs resembling both scaled-up cosmetic trays and tombstones. The cosmological palates act as epitaphs for the conventional, politicized and territorialized understanding of our planet and also literally provide the make up for a new earth.

About the Artist
Agustina Woodgate (b. 1981, Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives in Miami, FL and Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Agustina Woodgate has exhibited internationally and has received numerous honors and awards. Her projects have been included the 2019 Whitney Biennial; the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; 9th Berlin Biennial; Peabody Essex Museum, MA; Bienal de las Américas, CO; ArtPort, Tel Aviv; PlayPublik, Poland; 5×5, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington; The Bass Museum of Art, FL; Storefront for Art and Architecture, MN and KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin amongst others. She received her BFA in Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Artes in Buenos Aires and completed a Masters in Design at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. The artist is represented by Spinello Projects, Miami, FL.

About Mason Exhibitions
Mason Exhibitions is a multi-venue forum displaying works of art that advance research, dialogue, and learning about global social issues. Located on the campuses of George Mason University, Mason Exhibitions is a partnership between Mason’s School of Art and Provisions Research Center for Arts & Social Change located on the Fairfax campus. The Gillespie Gallery offers exhibitions of emerging and established contemporary artists and MFA and BFA exhibitions. Exhibitions are also presented in Buchanan Hall Atrium Gallery, The Fenwick Library and Special Collections Gallery and, as well as the University Art Collection. The Buchanan Partners Gallery at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Manassas Campus. In Fall, 2020 a new gallery and film screening venue will premiere in Arlington, VA. Off the Wall is an annual fundraising that takes place in the Spring semester.

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