The Wine Taster - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Size: 17cm x 17cm x 44cm
The story behind the sculpture:
Louis-Philippe de Cabernet Sauvignon delicately placed the point of the corkscrew exactly at the center of the cork of the 1990 Bordeaux. Even if all the emotion made his wrist tremble, he slowly removed the cork and the characteristic pop of an uncorked bottle resonated against the walls of the wine cellar. He examined its appearance and while smelling it a slight smile illuminated his face. He slowly poured the precious liquid into a crystal glass which he raised a little to appreciate the clear and brilliant contents, an intense cherry red color with hints of ruby, and touches of sober red-browns. He approached the glass to his nose, closed his eyes and smelled the explosion of chocolate aroma, truffles, aromatic woods, leather, all which were incredibly elegant, an expression of an infinite varietal. He brought the precious liquid to his lips, sipped and realized he had forgotten to rinse the glass. Traces of dishwashing powder which were on the glass gave the wine a slight taste of a hand soap with an aroma of deodorant and a bouquet of detergents, all perfectly balanced with grand complexity and harmony.
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.