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2003: Laura Feinsilber - "El juego es nuevamente tema de Silvia Brewda". Diario Ambito Financiero - Buenos Aires - Argentina, 7/11/2003

Playing has been a theme chosen by many great artists throughout the history of art. "Children's Games" was painted by Brueghel in the 16 th century. "The chess player" was painted in 1510 by Lucas Van Leyden. "Playing cards" by Chardin is dated in the 1700's; the famous wooden horse appears in Velazquez' works. In the various versions of "The Card Players" (1890/92), Cézanne highlighted the meditative attitude of the characters depicted, and "The Card Player" (1913) by Picasso features collage and pointillist painting elements. Playing is not a new theme in the works of Silvia Brewda who is currently showing at Centro Cultural Recoleta. A couple of years ago, she researched into the role of women and everyday life in classical times, and using an oxide color palette she transferred to the canvas the images of dolls that girls of all times and social status used to play with in the past, as still do today. However, Brewda's research went farther and deeper. Part of her current exhibition includes one of the oldest of games, dice, the invention of which Sophocles attributed to Patamedes, who apparently taught dice playing to Troy War soldiers; or dominoes, invented by the Chinese some 3000 years ago, and introduced in Europe in the 18 th century. Chess with the folding board, depicted in a Medieval print, hopscotch, kite flying, teetotum, stilts, yo-yo, which, it is said, was born in China, and can be found on Greek pottery. As an anecdote, the duke of Wellington was a prominent yo-yophile of the Napoleon era. In Silvia Brewda 's works, toys and games appear in suspension; sometimes, spinning on veiled backgrounds, and very carefully thought-out colors. In addition, Brewda adds different techniques to each image with which she "plays" -engravings, prints, drawing, painting. Everything conveys balance, along with a system of subtle chromatic contrasts. • Evocation Hans Georg-Gadamer points out that "playing is a primary function, to such an extent that there is absolutely no way to think about human culture without the ludic component." That is why these works make us recall those moments of childhood grace that remain constant throughout the time -every day and every instant there's playing of one kind or another in all corners of the world. "I want out, if you catch me you're a pig" (from tag), "Ready or not here I come" (from hide and seek), "If you eat and do not share, a toad will grow inside", " Get well, get well, little frog tail, if you don't get well now, you will get well tomorrow." In the era of technology, in games, and in everyday relations, children still express themselves using a whole array of phrases, which are part of Argentine folklore, all familiar to us on simply hearing the first verse, phrases that belong to the oral literature, and who knows who the original author of them was. The phrases, also written in Braille system, are included in an artist's book and in an impeccably realized series of 12 works on paper. A communicative artist- spectator work, in pairs, as in games. Exhibition closing: November 16, 2004.