Business Trip - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Original Sculpture: 64cm x 29cm x 23cm
Miss Belkys, tapped at her machine with one finger, not understanding anything about computers, speaking foreign languages. Despite these 'small' inconveniences, the day of her interview with the president, she stood out among the 25 best educated candidates in the city and obtained, the coveted position of personal secretary. As always, there were some jealous one who said it was because of her plunging neckline and tight fitting skirt. Belkys, convinced herself that she earned the position thanks to the intensive marketing course which she took by correspondence at the Institute of Middle Studies in Tijuana. The following day and in a rush, the president left with her on a 'business trip' for a week at Paradise Beach, a trip that finally had to be extended to a month. Back to the office, the new secretary asked for a raise which was immediately granted. Moreover, her boss announced that she had been an excellent assistant despite the fact that she hadn't taken a single note, because she had forgotten all the files at the office.
From the early 1980’s, Guillermo Forchino experiments with various materials to create works of art in volume. This research began at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rosario, Argentina and then continued with three years of studies in art restoration and conservation at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. During his studies he discovered and mastered classic techniques and materials.
After completing his studies in Paris, he returned to Argentina where he directed the Juan B. Castagnino atelier of art restoration of the Museum of Beaux-Arts of Rosario. It was during this period that Forchino began creating figures made from wrapped bands of cloth where the visible parts of the body (head and hands) were made from wax and paper maché coloured with natural pigments.
At the end of the 1980’s, Forchino chose poly resins to create figures and scenes that resemble the world of comic strip and cartoon characters. They are typically unusual and humorous subjects such as a family leaving on vacation in an overloaded car with flat tires or a tired, old American pick-up truck from the 1950’s. He has used other modes of transportation such as boats, planes and motorcycles and has even used a bathtub for a military dictator. His characters are always handled with humour and finesse and given a soul.
Guillermo Forchino lives and works in Paris in his workshop two steps away from the Père Lachaise cemetery.