Leonard Favio He was a complete artist who interpreted popular language like few others, and whose death will be 10 years old on Saturday, November 5, the date on which the sculpture will be placed on the corner of Vera and Corrientes in Buenos Aires. Favio and the Museof Eric Dawidson, which seeks to synthesize that relationship that the director had with cinema and music. That same day, the anniversary date of his death, it is also expected that he will be renamed as Leonard Favio Vera Street, where the Argentine Film Directors (DAC) building is located, an institution that sponsored the work of art sculpted by Dawidson.
“At one point I decided that I wanted to make a statue to place in the street, but I didn’t know whose. It occurred to me that it could be from Favio, a director with whom I connected… in fact, my name is Eric Leonardo, after him. Since I was a kid, I always felt close to him, so I started to put things together and this image of him with an inspiring muse appeared, as if I was blowing in his ear, ”said Dawidson.
To model the work, the sculptor and also audiovisual producer, went to the dancers Natalie Pelayo Y Hernan Piquinwho acted in Favio’s film Aniceto2008. Both posed, Piquín as Favio and Pelayo as the Muse, for Dawidson to take pictures while they danced as the artist with his muse. Johan Wolfgang von Goethe He said that artists are the channel through which angels express themselves. In the final result of the sculpture, a lady is seen who, floating in the air, whispers in Favio’s ear what she should do, giving life to those words of Goethe.
“From Favio I remember a super generous being, respectful with each one of the 100 people who work in ‘Aniceto’. He asked for everything with the please before each sentence and with a thank you at the end,” said Piquín. Pelayo, for his part, recalled: “His teachings made me grow as an artist. I have no words to describe what it was like to work with him. He was a very generous person, with a lot of empathy and an artistic sense. The experience of Aniceto I will always carry her in my heart.”
Regarding the sculpture process, Dawidson commented that the call began with Pelayo, whom he met in a video clip he directed. “We became friends,” he explained. Through her, the idea of making the base of the statue with 3D scanning arises. We summoned Hernán, made a 3D model, modified it and made impressions. When we were sure, we printed it in real size, three meters high, and on top of that we worked in wax to finish the skin. We are already finishing this stage, it is disassembled, it goes to the foundry and it will be replaced by bronze”.
The presentation of the work took place this Thursday morning in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Villa Crespo, about ten blocks from the square where the work will end at the end of the year. At the moment, the sculpture is only missing its head, which was on a table waiting to be placed. “In the institutional part, regarding the authorization for its placement on public roads, I left everything in the hands of the DAC, but I understand that there were never any negatives and everything was always positive. I think it’s going to be done soon,” Dawidson said.
In the work, although it is not similar to his experience as a director, the sculptor had to direct Pelayo and Piquín as actors in a film. Although this was not the only point in common between one activity and the other. “I approached it -he explained- from the cinematographic method. The project always had the confluence of many arts. Using technology to scan models is a job that closely resembles audiovisual work. My training as a director gave me the experience of how to put together a project to present it. Apart from the strictly sculptural, the work was made up of a lot of creativity from many people, which is how it works in the cinema too. I had their collaboration, which made the work grow much more”.
“A few years ago Eric called me to tell me about the project. I felt a deep emotion to be part of this work. We were able to be with Hernán to help and put the body and feeling to find what forms and expressiveness these bodies could have to give life to Favio and the Muse. It is a gift and I am very grateful. Favio was an immense artist who has done a lot for Argentine culture,” said Pelayo.
Piquín, meanwhile, commented: “Eric called me one day telling me about the project he had and it seemed extremely important to me to be able to participate, so I did not hesitate and there I went, to a studio where I met Natalia Pelayo and we started with the photographs and the poses that he asked us. Eric called us again and told us about this idea of scanning our bodies and there we were also happy to be able to contribute our grain of sand for this work”.
Dawidson defined this experience as “something beautiful” and regarding the contribution of the dancers, he maintained that “they are like the players of the national team, they are first class, and making them model is like having living Greek sculptures. We went looking for how Favio related to his creativity and he was very enriching”. With the classic headscarf, a guitar on his back and a megaphone in his right hand, Favio’s sculpture waits to go out to the public and meet the people in Vera corner of Corrientes on the tenth anniversary of the death of one of the fundamental artists of Argentine culture.
Source: Télam SE