Destilería Madoc: Un camino de Arte y Whisky entre Bariloche y Buenos Aires

Madoc Distillery: A path of Art and Whiskey between Bariloche and Buenos Aires

Life is about cycles, beginnings and closings, which are linked in the magic of meeting people and building bridges that bring us closer.
In 2020, during isolation, I had the opportunity to get in touch with Pablo Tognetti, owner and Master Distiller of Madoc, a distillery that produces one of the richest Argentine Single Malts, nestled in a dream landscape of Patagonia, in Bariloche.
As a result of our chats through the networks, the idea of painting the distillery, a great challenge and great satisfaction.
Today my painting arrived at its destination, closing the circle that unites the art of making whiskey with the art of painting it.
It will soon have its definitive place in the distillery's tasting room, but it fills me with emotion to see it between the stills, like a beautiful parable of time, art and spirit.

 

 

Chau 2021

Bye 2021

Collective exhibition in which I exhibited my works "A walk through the sleeping shadows", "A mystical dream" and "Soul of fire" belonging to the Series "The Macallan Story".

Nayart Espacio de Arte
Thames 1844, Buenos Aires, Argentina

December 18, 2021

 

Bye!

Bye. Goodbye.
Let go. Break off. Let go
Empty. Make room. Let the new come in.
Give the last brushstroke. Cover the bins. Close the knobs. Put away the pencils. Wash the brushes.
Sort the workshop. Empty the mind, and let it fill with other ideas, other forms, other colors, other dreams.
Bye.
Look back. The last work rests on the easel. In the air, the smell of turpentine still stirs.
The heart clings to the lost. The mind looks beyond.
Look. Look with your eyes closed. Stretch out your hand. Feel the sun at your fingertips.
Feel the light tearing apart the darkness. Dance.
Dance as if it were the last time.

Walk. Retrace old roads. Rescue the beauty.
Dialogue with the Masters. Soak up their wisdom, their advice, their actions.
Feeding the soul. With its light, its shadow, its color.
Reaffirm concepts. Question truths. Rethink lies.

To love. Unloving and loving again.
Prolonging being, succeeding blood.
Being wind, being a river, being air, being a path.
Being a flower, being a tree, being a seed.
Crying . Be a drop of salt, and cry.

Plant. Sow the future with hope.
Doubt. Doubting the doubt and the perhaps, the possible and the impossible.
Doubting and not looking back.
Bye.
Painting.
Painting, fighting against oblivion.
Painting , dispelling mists and ghosts.
Painting until the eyes and back hurt.
Until the hands bleed
Until your self appears in the new canvas.
Bye.

Dario Zilbersztein
October 2021

Celebrando Glenfiddich

Celebrating Glenfiddich

Start of my new series "A Whisky Story" that commemorates the first drop of alcohol that emerged from its stills at Christmas 1887.
Technique: Acrylic and Glenfiddich whiskey 12 years Single Malt on canvas

No. 1 "Christmas at Glenfiddich"

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year 2020

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery and their logo.

Winter covers with snow the hills that rise above the pagoda roofs.
Spring water bubbles in the glen as vividly as that day in 1886 when its founder, Willilam Grant, laid the first stones to build one of the oldest family distilleries. Glenfiddich, the Valley of the Deer.
After a year of hard work, the first drop of whiskey is born from its copper stills.
It was Christmas 1887.

Detail of the finish and signature of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 2 «A Family Passion»

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year 2020

Inspired by a photograph by Mark Thomson

In 1923 the prohibition is in full swing.
William's grandson Grant Gordon joins the family business and surprises the industry as whiskey production increases dramatically.
As the decade progresses and the laws take a turn, Glenfiddich becomes one of six distilleries operating in Scotland, ready to face an increase in demand for fine, aged whiskeys.

Detail of the finish and signature of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 3 «The Pot Stills»

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year 2020

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

Charles Gordon, William's oldest great-grandson, insists on having someone at the distillery work the copper.
Beginning in 1957 the distillery has had its own exceptionally skilled artisans willing to build and care for the unique and exceptional copper stills, 28 in all, whose shape and size are exclusive.

Detail of the finish of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 4 «An Old Craftmanship»

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year 2020

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

Grant Gordon always attached great importance to barrels for the production of exceptional whiskeys.
For this reason, shortly after bringing several copper artisans to the distillery, in 1959 he built a cooperage on purpose.
Today, Glenfiddich is one of the few distilleries that maintains its cooperage on site.
One of the oldest jobs in the world, the cooper's job is tough, and almost 65% of whiskey aromas and flavors come from barrels.

Detail of the finish and signature of the work with whiskey and gold

nº 5 "The Tround"

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year 2020

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

Water, air and malted barley.
Three elements that come together skillfully to make Glenfiddich whiskey, which inspires 20th century influential designer Hans Schleger to create a radical design that breaks the bar: the distinctive triangular bottle, that identifies the brand since 1961.

Detail of the finish of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 6 "Centenary Spirit"

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year 2020

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

The year 1987 marked a special time at the distillery
Celebrating the 100th anniversary, a special centennial bottling was made to commemorate its founder, William Grant, and his dream of creating the best whisky in the valley.

Detail of the finish of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 7 "A Lifetime Journey"

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year 2020

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

One of the most exceptional whiskeys and a unique collector's item is launched in 1991.
The first to contain our 50 year blend.
It is a perfectly blended whiskey from nine barrels that stood horizontally in the 1930s, thus honoring each of William Grant's sons who helped build our family distillery.

Detail of the finish of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 8 "Another Perspective"

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year: 2021

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

More independently than ever, invention continues to flourish at Glenfiddich.
With more than 35 years of experience and recognized in the industry sector internationally, his fifth Malt Master, who has extensive experience in the knowledge of malt, created the Solera Vat in 1998: a process that is a pioneer in the elaboration of the 15-year-old expression that, incidentally, today is awarded for its intense and complex flavors.

Detail of the finish of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 9 "Snow Phoenix"

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year: 2021

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

Winter 2010.
The most intense and extreme snowfalls collapse some of the cellar roofs exposing the barrels to the winter sky.
The team has to work against the clock at -19 degrees Celsius to be able to save them.
As a tribute to these men, Glenfiddich's Malt Master creates Snow Phoenix: a whiskey paired with the finest from salvaged barrels that becomes a limited edition born out of fate and adversity.

Detail of the finish of the work with whiskey and gold

Nº 10 «Janet Sheed Roberts Portrait»

Size: 40 x 40 cm
Year: 2021

Inspired by a photograph of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

The most expensive single malt whiskey sold at auction in 2011, honoring Scotland's oldest woman, who was admired and respected for her achievements and successes in education.
She is Janet Sheed Roberts: the last granddaughter of the founder of the distillery, William Grant.
Only eleven bottles from the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve were released to the world.
It is worth mentioning that each one was auctioned at charity events, always breaking world records.

Detail of the finish of the work with whiskey and gold

Del amor y otras pandemias

About love and other pandemics

In the context of the global pandemic by COVID -19 and preventive social isolation, the only way to continue enjoying art exhibitions turned out to be virtuality.

Initiative, curatorship and production of the Argentine plastic artist Darío Zilberstein, in collaboration with Paula Orlando, the «About love and other pandemics» call brought together 57 artists who share our art in a virtual space, showing our productions most recent produced in quarantine.

This exhibition was born from our need to share our expressions through our works, resignifying a virtual space of art that gives the exhibition a framework of belonging through montage.

The exhibition is set in a digital reconstruction of a new space, where I share the virtual space with excellent artists, artists that I value and admire for their artistic quality and for their warmth as people.

My work «The Hug» (5:33 ′) is a representation of the intimate connection between two beings, two souls, two identities that are shared in a conjunction of feelings.

An artistic expression that describes the sensitivity of a moment of peace, the one we long for, the one that purifies the spirit and rests, for a small fraction of time, that lasts forever in the memory.

 

Virtual Group Exhibition of Visual Arts
Opening Saturday 19/12 / 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram

 

Oktober Under Art

Oktober Under Art

Virtual Collective Exhibition of Visual Arts with the participation of 54 artists and with the curatorship and organization of Darío Zilberstein.

My exhibited artworks:

  • Raasay Distillery
  • Aultmore Distillery
  • Ardnahoe Stills Room

 

Reflections by Paula Orlando and Darío Zilberstein about art and artists.

 

Art is born from our pupil inward, it is subjective perception.

Art is the vehicle that allows us to express what cannot be put into words. Art appeals to our emotions and connects with us on a deep level.

Painting is a state of being, every good artist paints what he is.

No great artist sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.

Art doesn't have to be pretty, but it does have to be meaningful.

We might think, what is art for? Art gives hope to life, beauty is important because this generates hope. Art makes us less lonely, makes visible the pain that one carries inside, serves as consolation and identifies us.

Art is the transmission of the sensations of what the artist has experienced throughout his life. You don't just take a picture with a camera, and you don't just paint a picture with a brush. Behind the act of creation are all the images you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have listened to, the people you have loved.

The beauty of a work of art is closely linked to its ability to stimulate our emotions.

The role of the artist is to ask questions, not necessarily answer them.

Art is only for those who are willing to put forth the effort necessary to understand it.

 

Virtual Collective Exhibition of Visual Arts
Opening Saturday 10/29 / 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram