Cities (Ciudades)

When asked, “Why is the building of Tecla taking so long?”
the inhabitants, without leaving off lifting blocks, lowering lead weights, and moving large paintbrushes from side to side, replied,
“So that the process of destruction does not begin.”

Invisible Cities.

Italo Calvino.

Corcuera Terán’s recent work inverts the peinetón for a most interesting effect. The arch of the comb at times functions as the base for a ship, like one of the many vessels that brought immigrants to the port of Buenos Aires in the late nineteenth century, or for a cityscape wrought with the challenges of global migration.

Cities and peinetones.

Dra. Regina Root.

William and Mary University (Virginia, USA).

"My cities, my city, made out of a collage of different materials; this idea refers to the sheer diversity of the way we are construed. From the straight line and the curve with its iconic hair comb, it sometimes appears to transform itself into a ship, such as those which brought our ancestors to this port, and which bear their descendants away when they leave. (Unresolved dichotomies.) At other times, silently, it beseeches from a large bowl (a representation of that humble object used in the countryside when mixing or crushing basic food) supplicating, holding back her fury. A city whose pointed towers become ever sharper, until they turn into spikes like the teeth of a hair comb."

María Silvia Corcuera.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

A mi ciudad le ato su memoria To my city I bind its memory, 2007. Ink, wood, cardboard, string on paper on hardboard. 55x110cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

A mi ciudad se la plantan los cueritos I , 2003. Ink, cardboard cutouts, tap washer on paper on hardboard. 60x140cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

A mi ciudad se la plantan los cueritos I , 2003. Ink, cardboard cutouts, tap washer on paper on hardboard. 60x140cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Tango II, 2000. Collage. Paper and ink. 24x34cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

From the series La Ciudad de los días contados I The city of counted days I, 1999/2000. Ink, cardboard cutouts, train tokens on hardboard. 90x90cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

From the series La ciudad de los dias contados III, Te lleva el viento The city of counted days III, The wind carries you, 1997/2000. Ink, cardboard cutouts y wood, train tokens on hardboard. 90x90cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

From the series La ciudad de los días contados, La señalada The city of counted days, The marked one, 1999. Ink, cardboard cutouts, train tokens on hardboard. 51x100cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

From the series La Ciudad de los días contados, Para muestra basta un botón The city of numbered days, For a sample a button is enough, 1997/2000. Ink, cardboard cutouts and wood, train tokens on hardboard. 90x90cm. Ángel Guido Art Project collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

From the series La Maldita The cursed one, 2004. Acrylic, wood, nails, cardboard, street sign fragments on passepartout, 37x30cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

El arco The arch, 2000. Acrylic, paper and wood cutouts on cardboard. 21x39cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Señores todos al volquete Gentlemen, to the dumpster, 2001. Newspaper cutouts and cardboard on passepartout, 33x43cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Tango, 1999. Ink, cardboard, wood cutouts on passepartout. 24x31cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La ciudad del piolin The thread’s city, 2006. Wood, cardboard, string, ink and paper on hardboard. 39x99cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La coronada The crowned one, 2007. Ink, cardboard, wood on hardboard. 70x116cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La coronada The crowned one, 2007. Ink, cardboard y wood on hardboard. 73x113cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad. Boceto de broche City. Brooch sketch., 1997/1998. Acrylic, watercolor and tempera on paper. 43x34cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

From the series La mirada Otoño The Autumn gaze , 1998. Acrylic, watercolor and tempera on paper. 48x33cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Boceto de broche, Ciudad Brooch sketch, City, 1997/1998. Collage 63x31cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Caja Box, 1999. Acrylic, wood cutouts and aluminum on hardboard. 63x35cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, 1996/1997. Mask, acrylic and cardboard cutouts. 80x50cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Broche Brooch, 2004. Acrylic on canvas. ø33cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Broche Brooch, 2004. Acrylic on canvas, ø20cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

From the series Broches Broochs, 2004. Acrylic on canvas. ø25cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Broche Brooch, 2004. Acrylic and wood on cardboard. 50x40cm. Artist’s collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Broche Brooch, 2004. Acrylic on canvas. 50x38cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Alfabeto Alphabet, 2007. Acrylic and wood cutouts on canvas. Three pieces of 40x30cm, 35x28cm, 30x22cm, respectively.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad noche Night city, 2000. Acrylic, nails and cardboard on hardboard. 66x143cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad barco II Ship city II, 2002. Polychrome wood. 48x46x14cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad broche Brooch city, 2000. Acrylic on cardboard. 88x77cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad objeto Object city, 2002. Polychrome wood 51x50x14cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad de Alfredo I Alfredo’s city I, 2003. Acrylic and tempera on paper. 30x100cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad de Alfredo II Alfredo’s city II, 2003. Acrylic and tempera on paper. 30x100cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La ciudad de las palabras I, II y III City of words I, II & III, 2002. Acrylic and wood cutouts on canvas. ø40cm, ø30cm y ø25cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad observada Watched city, 1999. Acrylic, cardboard and wood on paper on hardboard. 55x110cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Demasiadas noches para una ciudad herida Too many nights for a wounded city, 2001. Acrylic, hardboard, wood and bandages. 59x127cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Cosiendo la memoria Sewing memory, 2002. Acrylic, bandages and wood on canvas. 90x90cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, 2003. Acrylic, bandages and wood on canvas. 50x150cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Insignia Badge, 2001/2002. Acrylic and wood cutouts on canvas. Two pieces of 40x50cmeach. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Curando heridas Healing wounds, 2001/2002. Acrylic, cardboard and bandages on hardboard. 63x147cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La silenciada The silenced one, 2004. Polychrome wood and cloth. 90x30x15cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad atemorizada Frightened city, 2002/2003. Acrylic and bandages on canvas. 100x50cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La iluminada II The enlightened one II, 2006. Acrylic on canvas. 50x50cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La iluminada I The enlightened one I, 2006. Acrylic on canvas. 50x50cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La suplicante, ciudad campo The supplicant, field city, 2002. Polychrome wood 62x70x39cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La suplicantes II The supplicants II, 1999/2000. Madera policromada 70x62x39cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La suplicantes III The supplicants III, 1999/2000. Madera policromada 85x67x35cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La alcancía The piggy bank, 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 100x100cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La elegida I The chosen one I, 2006/2007. Madera policromada. 58x46x21 cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La elegida II The chosen one II, 2006/2007. Madera policromada. 69x30x14,5cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad broche Brooch city, 2004. Madera policromada. 100x50x40cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad amenazada III, 2001. Acrylic, cardboard, nails on paper on hardboard, 54x104cm. Private collection.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Las noches The nights, 2003. Acrylic and wood cutouts on canvas. 70x80cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La ciudad de Joaquín Joaquín’s city, 1997. Acrylic and wood cutouts on canvas 61x69cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La contenida The contained one, 1997/1998. Madera policromada con aplicación de recortes de madera. 7x43x15cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La contenida The contained one (reverse), 1997/1998. Madera policromada con aplicación de recortes de madera. 7x43x15cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Las puertas The doors, conjunto de cuatro piezas. Madera policromada con aplicación de recortes de madera. Tres piezas de 163x16cm, una pieza de 163x30cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Noche rota Broken night, 2004. Acrylic and wood cutouts on canvas. 100x100cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, 2001. Acrylic and wood cutouts on canvas. 100x100cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Noche amenazada Threatened city, 2000. Acrylic, cardboard, nails on paper on hardboard. 52x100cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Los únicos The unique , triptych, 2004/2005. Acrylic and wood cutouts on hardboard. 64x32cmc/u.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Pedaleando Pedalling, 2002/2007. Polychrome wood and Singer sewing machine pedals. Two pieces of 67x23x15cm and 63x32x15cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, vista 1, 2006/2007. Polychrome wood, epoxy resin, nails. 99x15,5x14,5cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, vista 2, 2006/2007. Polychrome wood, epoxy resin, nails. 99x15,5x14,5cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Noche cerrada The dead of night, 2003. Acrylic and bandages on canvas. 102x71cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled II. Juguete movible, 2003. Polychrome wood. 80x71x5cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Peinetón, 6 piece set, 2002. Polychrome wood with wood cutouts and bandages. Dimensions: 120x85x15cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La lunática II The madwoman II, 2007. Styrofoam, wood, nails. 60xø25cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, 2011. Styrofoam, epoxy putty, rattle. 64x22cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

La lunática The madwoman, 2007. Styrofoam, wood, nails. 43xø18cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Boceto de friso I Frieze sketch, 2012. 20x30cmaprox.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Boceto de friso II Frieze sketch II, 2012. 20x30cmaprox.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad barco III Ship city III, jueguete, 2003. Movable polychrome wood. 90x10x84cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Ciudad día Day city, 2000. Collage. 66x163cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, 2010. Collage on paper. 40x70cmaprox.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Boceto de ciudad-escultura Sculpture-city sketch, diptych, 2003. Acrylic on canvas. 100x35cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Juego urbano Urban play, 2003. Wood, iron and cloth. 320x40x50cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Untitled, 2004. Nail polish on iron. 119x64x26cm.

Maria Silvia Corcuera, woman artist argentinian, latinoamerican fashion, cities

Utopías sostenidas II Maintained utopias II, 2003. Acrylic, bandages and wood on canvas. 140x70cm. Private collection.