Santiago Cucullu

You still make me tremble

November 20, 2021 through March 20, 2022

Santiago Cucullu (b. Argentina, 1969) visualizes chance occurrences from his daily life to express the ever-shifting nature of perception and experience. With this body of work, he presents a year’s worth of accumulated moments: things that caught his attention, made him laugh, and influenced his thinking and perspective. His text-based drawings and paintings, abstract compositions, experimental noise collages, and dizzyingly complex photomontages come together to represent a world in constant flux.

Cucullu borrows from his surrounding environment—news snippets, political musings, song lyrics, overheard (and sometimes misheard) conversations—translating incidental encounters into language-based compositions. He pairs his enigmatic paintings, drawings, and texts with large-scale wall murals that can be read as a contemporary extension of Dada’s cut-and-paste collages and Surrealist photomontages—artistic techniques that bring together disconnected elements to yield unexpected meanings and associations.

Cucullu plays with visual incongruity and creative possibility by contrasting concepts and imagery to allow for free association, inviting each of us to create our own meaning from his collision of forms and ideas. He sees each day as an evolving sequence of chance moments that gradually add up and, consciously or unconsciously, influence the lens through which we navigate our surroundings. By asking us to bring to his work our own references and experiences, Cucullu simultaneously offers us an opportunity to consider how our perceptions shape us and influence our understanding of each other and the world around us.


Generous support for exhibition programming has been provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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