Premiered at the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson in San Juan Argentina Sept 2022, Carlos Gómez Centurión: “I Say Mercedario” is a short film Directed by Gustavo Travieso and Kreëmart’s Raphael Castoriano. The film follows the Argentine artist and his team along their journey, traversing the rugged, virgin landscape of la Cordillera de los Andes, to reach the mountain el Mercedario. Throughout the trip, in addition to employing the naturalist movement of open-air painting, the artist uses the frottage technique developed by surrealist Max Ernst, to take physical imprints of the land on site.
Gómez Centurión has dedicated his life to his work, painting mountains on site for over 40 years. The film covers his latest expedition, as he travels by horses and mules, to the base of el Mercedario, one of the largest glaciers in the region, which has been rapidly receding due to climate change. Set against the hypnotic landscape of the Andes Mountains, the viewer follows Gómez Centurión’s daring pilgrimage to el Mercedario, to secure its essence onto canvas, before the glacier disappears all together.