The Judge - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Size: 23cm x 20cm x 36cm
The story behind the sculpture:
'Your Honor, you cannot condemn this poor man to one year of prison for only stealing a cube of chicken broth' the lawyer said. 'No, that's true' the Judge replied, 'but after stealing it, it was not necessary o use a bottle of oil to hit the poor old lady who had witnessed the incident. Nor did he need to set fire to the soup shelf in order to erase his finger prints. Nor did he need to lock-up the shop manager when he wanted flee. And most of all, there was no need to force the shop manager to swallow the cube in order to get rid of the evidence... He should at least have removed the packaging from the cube!'
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.