Chapel ~ Diverse paintings: oil, acrylic, vinyl, on mud and wood, including bronze and mud techniques
More a spiritual set than a religious place, the Musso Chapel is a peculiar space. It is a space of subtle and superb architecture within a natural environment. The diagonals created by an island of ombu trees have determined its location, which is filled with the intuitive energies of nature. Stone slabs, trees, and free space support the structure with the dignity and simplicity of indigenous colors and textures of the Uruguayan country. From its volumetric exterior, the Chapel mimics the shape men and birds, the gaucho and the baker bird, of our country work within: their houses and hearths. As the door hinges turn and the heavy Romanesque doors open, the surprise effect begins. The doors with golden colors of bronze, like a medieval retable, lead to a highly colorful, protective, concave space where circles of colored light are jewels in the wall. Musso dazzles us with his colorful interior. Through the landscape, diagonals and straight lines of the natural surroundings extend for hundreds of meters until they intersect at a distant and majestic eucalyptus; similarly the lines of the landscape converge at the Chapel where daylight penetrates through these chromicized perforations in the hemispherical wall.
Musso’s painting overflows. Here, there are no traces of religion and, yet, there are symbols of all of them. There are hints of the diverse spirituality of this global world. Above all, there is a communion, with God or with ourselves; there is a moment of peace, of elevation, no matter what faith it belongs to that unique space is present.
The geometrical, like in Byzantine drawings, Mozarabics or variations of blue from the Renaissance, Musso offers us a heart, a skeleton that vaguely protects it, maybe enabling the observer to identify ~ from the depths and folds of the soul ~ with this organic and respectful space. Just like each one of us, this Chapel is an unrepeatable identity that shines through with intimacy and reflection while watched over by the incomprehensible forces of the universal order. It is a jewel in the middle of the country.
In the construction of this work, Musso was supported by experts specialized in mud and natural materials.
Musso Suite ~ Felisberto ~ Acrylic painting, oil painting, plastic painting on “cedrillo” panels
Carlos Musso produces works of highly visual seduction without neglecting their conceptual value. As an artist with an important theoretical education, Musso travels paths where eroticism, sensuality, violence and the oneiric are scrutinized. His passion for liturgical medieval art, for the Roman/Pompeian fresco, for the Viennese secession, in particular for the work of Gustav Klimt is present in this work
Musso approaches his suite as if it was the narration of the villa dei misteri in Pompeii. His fresco narrates a story of passion: a wedding, the theatre, and the characters who observe us from a volcanic past and include the viewer in their personal history. Simultaneously, the characters and the aesthetics are contemporary, international yet uniquely Uruguayan
Women in sensual postures, always delicate, disturb with their suggestive presence. The artist at the piano ~ a metaphor for all artists ~ finds himself between anguish and the pleasure of creation. The details ~ the still life’s, the birds ~ refer to the Roman wall painting. Elements that were originally thought of as ornaments, in fact are loaded with an inviting polysemy.
Musso leaves fragments of wood, which will begin to rust and transform through infinite colorations, especially when viewed in interaction with the painted surfaces. Another remarkable aspect of coloration in his work is in the zoning of clashing colors, particularly in contrast with the plain surfaces. Here large chromatic planes defuse the exuberant centers of attention.
Finally, we should highlight the presence of the ornamental “guarda”. Musso’s studies on the geometrical composition that constitute “guardas” ~ ornamental elements on floors and skirting boards, walls, arcades that were prevalent in the middle ages and in Arabian/Muslim art ~ enrich this potent work by one of the most prolific artists in the current Uruguayan art scene.
Enrique Badaró ~ 2008
Bio ~ Carlos Musso was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1954. Painter, installation and graphic artist, as well as set designer, Musso has carried out numerous individual and collective exhibitions of his work. He has worked as a teacher in prestigious national institutions. In 2002, he received the Figari award for his professional career.