Plastic Arts refers to visual arts more specifically mediums that are shaped or molded, as opposed to literature or music. In Spanish, the term also refers to fine arts, although it does not carry quite the same connotation in English. Artes Plásticas heavily references kitsch, following the Golden Age of US capitalism; when plastic commodities were easily accessible due to the popularization of cheap mass-produced items and the rise of the working class. While plastic items and kitsch are not typically associated with high arts, placing these low art items in a gallery, their highly technical execution mimic the intended reassessment that many early conceptual artists wished to convey in the late 60s and 70s. This was a tumultuous era of drastically opposing concepts and events, on which the highly researched works of this exhibit are based.
Artes Plásticas challenges a romantic idealization and nostalgia of the past by presenting disturbing lesser known histories and the démodé, the out of fashion, alongside hyper gaudy and tasteless imagery. Exposing contradictions, in what we perceive as history versus what really occurred at the time, particularly with a focus on North America’s influence and involvement with its Southern counterpart—more specifically Argentina. By examining national cultural differences in relation to the emergence of popular culture, Artes Plásticas explores connections transcending spaces as well as converging dissimilarities.