24 May - 30 July 2012
|© Anthony Goicolea|
Acrylic and graffite on mylar
132 x 92 cm
24 May - 30 July 2012
The Cuban-American artist Anthony Goicolea (Atlanta, 1971) presents Domesticated, his premiere solo show at Galeria Senda. The exhibition consists of careful selection of photographs, video and works on paper and wood that explores the boundaries between domestic and wild, a reflection on human intervention on nature.
The approach offered by his works is at the crossroads of two concepts, order and chaos simultaneously. In this exhibition the artist shows, according to his own words, "a particular interest in the hybridized environments and forms that are created as a result of the intersections of these two worlds. Abandoned houses, scaffolds and other man made structures are surrounded by the slow steady creep of nature as it undermines the stability of these structures."
The photos and drawings in this series frame the cycle of things, various scenarios that make up modern vanitas, form a perfect compass of life, retention, creation and decline. The presence of ruins does not revive a romantic aesthetics ideal, but contributes to an essay of the social mechanism, and shows nature and people are always shifting and adapting in the cycle of decay and regeneration.
Some of the Domesticated works are inhabited by domesticated cross breeds like house plants, domesticated dogs that have now gone feral or supernatural folkloric half-breeds like Big Foot or Sasquatch. These images are found across the plane of the untamed and mysterious nature, as constructed and determined by the hand of man. Beyond the profound changes that culture can determine in the wild, this exhibition takes us back to the initial state of affairs, an area that still retains elements of civilization but now escapes from its domain.
Anthony Goicolea lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received her MFA in sculpture and photography at Pratt Institute of Art (1994-1996) and two diplomas from the University of Georgia (drawing and painting, art history and languages Ibero-Romance).
His work has been exhibited at prestigious venues such as the Groninger Museum (2004) and the Reina Sofia in Madrid (2004), as well as being included in collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, the Guggenheim in New York and the Brooklyn Museum of Art or collection of art from Yale University, among others.
He participated in several film festivals and video projects such as the New York Video Festival and Sunset Boulevard Video Billboard Project in Los Angeles. He received prizes, in 2005 he was awarded the BMW Award for Photography and in 2006 he received the Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts in Miami.