“Every artist worth his salt must have a part of surgery,” he says Jorge Meijide and his interlocutor bursts out laughing. Meijide explains how he got the table on which he made an extensive social panorama and how he used coffee to color other work. They speak in confidence about his work and the video -that and many more- is revalued in view of the virtual sample retrospective on the work of Meijide or, as it is known in the universe of graphic humor and comics, Meiji. digital exposure, curated by Hugo Maradei and Gonzalo Cadenascovers different stages of Meiji’s work and is dotted with videos such as the one referred to in the first lines of this article in which the artist’s own voice gives an account of his work, his various techniques, his expressive and humorous searches.
retrospective was originally conceived to officiate as a complement to horizontality, another exhibition of Meiji that could be enjoyed until the beginning of October at the Pérez Celis Art Space (Congress area), organized by the National University of La Matanza. Now, meanwhile, it gains its own depth and is one of the few places to access a broad panorama of his vast work. Although Meiji drew hundreds of pages for graphic media and has an extensive plastic production, easily finding compilation books is rather a chimera. the little more than 100 images that make up this virtual sample, plus the videos, are a good substitute.
From the set of works, Meijide’s interest in his physical and social environment can be seen. As he himself points out in one of his videos, even his plastic work is “based on drawing and the human figure” and also makes the city and “modern” life, or rather, the daily life of the moment that he has to portray, a central axis. “That’s why urban landscapes appear, with their depersonalization and automation,” the artist says about one of his own works.
From his plastic facet, the exhibition includes some of his award-winning works (Salón Nacional, Salón Municipal and Premio Trabucco, among others), checkerboards and works on train tickets, engravings and murals. There are milestones in graphic humor from different publications, especially from the magazine Humorwhere his emblematic cartoon is born Dr. Cureta’s clinic, which even made it to the movies. There are also series linked to social problems (From 67 bis to Disassociations, child protection), children’s comics (The Compunauts, piberio, Somewhat imaginary childhoods), and even his latest character: contemporary art curator José Tanza. As an addition of color, the exhibition also includes some of the sculptures and works that he made based on his passion for toys, which even led him to collaborate in the founding of the San Isidro Toy Museum.