Center for Art + Environment Blog

May 17, 2011   |   William L. Fox

Travels in Chile — Part 2 of 4

Travels in Chile

Cristián Salineros, transmission tower from the series Landscape on Reserve, a thirty-three-feet-long metal sculpture suspended in a gallery. Photo courtesy of Galeria AFA.

Josefina Guilisasti, an internationally renowned Chilean painter, introduced David Walker, CEO Nevada Museum of Art, and Irene Abujatum, the director of Galleria AFA (http://www.galeriaafa.com/). The gallery is housed in a suite of rooms on the second floor of an older building in the downtown area near the national museums. Irene is one of the country’s leading contemporary art dealers, and while in her gallery we met Cristián Salineros (http://www.cristiansalineros.cl/), a sculptor who has been working around both Europe and South America. His series on transmission towers, an ever-present figuration up and down the length of the world’s longest country, changes the viewer’s sense of scale and orientation in the landscape by rotating an element of exterior infrastructure inside the gallery – a neat perceptual trick as well as a handsome sculpture.

Cristián Salineros, transmission tower from the series Landscape on Reserve, a thirty-three-feet-long metal sculpture suspended in a gallery. Photo courtesy of Galeria AFA.

Cristián Salineros, transmission tower from the series Landscape on Reserve, a thirty-three-feet-long metal sculpture suspended in a gallery. Photo courtesy of Galeria AFA.

Sachiyo Nishimura (http://www.snishimura.com/), a Santiago-born artist living in London who also shows at Galleria AFA, has been photographing another segment of the electrical grid, the wires above railroad yards. She then superimposes a grid of her own, which fragments the aerial fabric into discrete units. The resulting works, black-and-white photographs that show how we subdivide sky as well as ground, are striking.

Sachiyo Nishimura, one of the large photographs from Composition Schemes showing the grid drawn on the image by the artist before cutting it into separate images. Photo courtesy of Galeria AFA.

Sachiyo Nishimura, one of the large photographs from Composition Schemes showing the grid drawn on the image by the artist before cutting it into separate images. Photo courtesy of Galeria AFA.