Johannes Vogt Gallery is excited to feature “Accomplices,” a rare collection of collaborative works by Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia. In “Accomplices” we are presented with a world that borders on the line between fiction, reality, and representation. Both artists are widely recognized for their individual practices, however in what began as a happy photography accident (2004), Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia have through their collaborative efforts created an entirely new body of work. Porter and Tiscornia’s sharp wit creates something new through playful mischief.
Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia are accomplices not only in life but also in the life-long quest of art making. Their insatiable thirst for a deeper understanding of art is inspired by reciprocal critique, affirmation and day-to-day challenges. A sense of humor and wit accompanies all their interactions and creations. It seems like a natural progression to allow for a very specific synergy to happen between the two of them. Whilst accompanying each other in their individual paths as artists they have given themselves permission to enter a far more dangerous territory: becoming each other’s secret agent in completing works. In their “incognito” efforts neither one of them is wearing a mask, all accidents happen in bright daylight. Rather they become accomplices in teasing and pushing each other to unknown realms of art making. The resulting works reflect each other’s style very clearly but as in so many other cases one plus one is not just two, there is an added value, a surplus that could be described as the birth of another artist persona. “Lili-Ana” – if you will – combines the visual creations of Ana in painting, collage and sculptural assemblage with Lili’s figurines, painterly gestures, conceptual drawings and found objects.
“Accomplices” is Porter & Tiscornia’s first collaborative show with the gallery.
Liliana Porter & Ana Tiscornia Have shown their collaborative works in Relatos cómplices II (2017) at Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Uruguay; Relatos cómplices (2016) at Galería Beatriz Gil, Caracas, Venezuela; Trabajos en colaboración (2012) at Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Uruguay; Colaboraciones (2011) at Galería Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia; Dialogue (2011) at Goya Girl Gallery, Baltimore; Diálogues and Solos (2006) at Point of Contact Gallery in Syracuse, New York; and Fictions and Other Realities (2005) at Georgia State University. Porter and Tiscornia created public artworks including Untitled with Sky (2010) a permanent installation of six faceted stained glass windows and sculptural seating at the MTA Scarborough Metro North Rail Station, NY, as well as Situations with Them at PS/IS 210 in Manhattan. Additionally, the artists worked together to produce three theatrical performances and five videos.
Liliana Porter was born in Argentina in 1941 and has been living in New York since 1964. She works across mediums with printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, video, installation, theater, and public art. Recent solo shows include those at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; Artium, Basque Museum Center for Contemporary Art, in Vitoria, Spain; El Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales in Montevideo; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson in San Juan, Argentina; Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico; Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco; Espacio Minimo, Madrid; Sicardi Gallery, Houston; Galeria Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston, MA. In 2017 Porter’s work was included in Viva Arte Viva, 57thBiennale di Venezia; Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Etre Moderne: Le MOMA a Paris, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She debuted Domar al leon y otras dudas, her third theatrical production in June at the 2nd Bienal de Performance, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ana Tiscornia was born in Uruguay in 1951 and has been living in New York since 1991. She engages several media in her practice including painting, sculpture, and installation. Her works have been exhibited in solo shows at Museo Gurvich, and Museo Blanes, in Montevideo; Galeria Nora Fisch, Buenos Aires; Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York; Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery, Miami. Ana’s work was included in Jesualdo: la palabra mágica, Museo Figari, and Márgenes, Museo de Historia del Arte MUHAR, in Montevideo; Block Parts, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston; Doing and Undergoing, Columbia University, New York. She represented Uruguay in the II and the IX Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, and the III Bienal de Lima, Perú. Tiscornia is Emeritus Professor, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, and was the Art Editor of Point of Contact - The Journal of Verbal and Visual Arts, distributed by Syracuse University Press. She writes for several specialized art publications and is the author of the book, “Vicissitudes of the Visual Imaginary: Between Utopia and Fragmented Identity”, published by White Wine Press in collaboration with Distrito Cuatro.