The Fabulous Fifties - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Original sculpture: 71cm x 30cm x 24cm
Story:From the radio came a strange music. Frankie raised the volume until the whole car started to vibrate. Susan, at his side, started to move to the rhythm. On the back seat, Danny, Lily, and Ricky began to rock when the voice of the great Elvis surged out between the sound waves. Along the street, people turned to watch as they went by. The car was a true marvel and the enthusiasm of the five kids was contagious. When they parked on Madison Avenue, they were immediately surrounded by a group of teenagers. Two police officers, intrigued by the noise, tried to make their way through the crowd who were dancing frenetically, totaling paralyzing traffic. On the sidewalk across the street, an older couple observed the spectacle with a surprised air. The man tossed his head from right to left and the woman covered her mouth with her hand to stifle a frightened scream. Completely discombobulated, they walked more quickly and disappeared after rounding the corner.
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.