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ARTIST INTERVIEW: ISAAC CORDAL @ NUART ABERDEEN 2017

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Following a successful debut of Nuart Aberbeen first edition in Scotland locals have been very enthusiastic to say the least, and to quote the Press And Journalambitious plans are being drawn up to bring the Nuart street festival back to Aberdeen for the next three years- and expand it into the city’s suburbs‘.

Artists from across the globe came to the Granite City to transform walls across the city and we were excited to hear that Spanish Isaac Cordal was one of them.

 

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Today we share our interview with this exceptional artist who with the act of miniaturisation and judicious placement, suddenly expands the imagination of pedestrians stumbling upon his sculptures on the streets. During our stay we could witness different reactions to his works. Carefully staged, his figures are placed in locations that can be very fiddly to notice but once you do they open doors to another dimension and meanings.  Some might think his work can be depressing, in this interview Isaac delivers his sharp vision on today’s society with lots of humour and honesty.

We were pleased to be invited to this very first edition of Nuart Aberdeen and to be able to chat with Isaac about his latest residency and the current state of his sculptures.

 

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La société?! – group show at Atelier des bains, Geneva. Switzerland

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La société?! (society ?!) is an exhibition, which brings three artists from three different countries together. The exhibition title shows his meaning once the viewer will enter the gallery; it is a vibrant and sometimes hidden critic on our modern day society. In order to make this critic even stronger the show brings together three different mediums, painting, photography and sculpture.


Slinkachu‘s photography seems harmless and very pleasing to the eye at first it is only when we analyse the subjects that the viewer starts realizing that there might be something else hidden in these photos.


Isaac Cordal‘s miniature sculptures are more direct in bringing the message to the spectator, however the viewer has to come a lot closer to the work in order the appreciate the details of the work and some hidden symbols.

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Pixel Pancho‘s in contrast shows us an alternative world, a perfect harmony, family portraits or perfectly normal aspects of life, however the twist is that his world is only represented by robots. Are robots better humans? Can they help for a better world? What is the difference between a humanoid and a mechanical robot?

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“The Object and The Image (This is Not a Chair Either)”. Miami, Usa

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Aluna Art Foundation will participate in the inauguration of Concrete Space, an alternative art project that will open its doors to the public next Saturday, March 18th, with the exhibition “The Object and The Image (This is Not a Chair Either)”.

Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos), the exhibition will feature invited artist Chema Madoz, and will recover historic works by Hexágono: Equipo de Creación Colectiva(Havana, 1982-1985), integrated by Consuelo Castañeda, Humberto Castro, Sebastián Elizondo, Abigail García, María Elena Morera and Tonel.

The exhibition will give place to a prompt dialog between local artists from different nationalities, and will feature works from (in alphabetical order): Francis Acea (Cuba/USA), Mauricio Alejo (Mexico), Néstor Arenas (Cuba/USA), Susana Blasco (Spain), Karim Borjas (Venezuela/France), Álvaro José Brunet (Cuba), Isaac Cordal (Spain), Marina Font (Argentina/USA), Xavier G-Solís (Spain), Juan Sí González (Cuba/USA), Jesús Hdez-Güero (Cuba), Ronald Morán (Salvador), Martha María Pérez Bravo (Cuba/Mexico), Cecilia Paredes (Peru/USA), Rainy Silvestre (Cuba/USA) and Viviana Zargón (Argentina).

The Object and the Image (This Is Not a Chair Either), brings back the quest of a group of artists to exploit this subject. They work from different visions and approaches in the creation of a hybrid and highly polemic object – an alter object -, whose values move around the intersection of the constructive practices of installation, sculpture, and the documentation of an authorial experience, and whose final product is a photograph in itself.

In this sense, the exhibition also exposes the artifact –the source of the exhibited photographs – uniting under one roof two instances traditionally separated in exhibition spaces: the image and its referent. This suitable coincidence will not only allow us a glimpse into the implicit mechanisms of image production, but will also propose to the spectator a journey through that zone that is neither the object nor its image: Rather, it is the mental process that transformed each artifact (in Latin “that which is made with art”) into a mine field that questions the stable condition of the “order of things,” and the concept of reality.

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THE OBJECT AND THE IMAGE (THIS IS NOT A CHAIR EITHER)
From March 18th to May 20th, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday March 18th, from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

CONCRETE SPACE
3400 N.W. 78th Ave.
Doral, Florida 33122
305-219-0811
305-305-6471
www.alunartfoundation.com

“Giza komedia” solo show at SCGallery, Bilbao. Spain

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Opening reception: Friday 17 February, 19:30 h.

17 February – 28 April

Location: SC Gallery (Bilbao)

www.scgallery.es

For artworks available write to: scgallery@scgallery.es

 

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Bilbao’s SC Gallery proudly presents “Giza komedia”, Isaac Cordal’s first solo exhibition in the Basque Country.
SC Gallery presents “Giza komedia”, by Galician artist Isaac Cordal. This exhibition is based on his latest sculptures and the photographic documentation of his interventions in Bilbao.
The opening reception will be held on Friday 17 February from 19:30 h. The exhibition will be open until 28 April.

 

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ISAAC CORDAL. “GIZA KOMEDIA”.

Isaac Cordal entitles his new exhibition “Giza Komedia” (Basque for “The human comedy”) and it is a continuation of his wider project Cement Eclipses.

Cement Eclipses is an ongoing series of interventions left to their fate in the public space. This project combines sculpture and photography: sculpture is the starting point to create urban installations, and photography is the final or documentation process. The pieces are small (approximately 15-20 cm / 6-8 inches tall), and usually made of painted concrete.

Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being.

Men and women are suspended and isolated in a motion or pose that can take on multiple meanings. The sympathetic figures are easy to relate to and to laugh with. They present fragments in which the nature, still present, maintains encouraging symptoms of survival.
The precariousness of these anonymous statuettes, at the height of the sole of the passers, represents the nomadic remainders of an imperfect construction of our society. These small sculptures contemplate the demolition and reconstruction of everything around us. They catch the attention of the absurdity of our existence.

Isaac Cordal is sympathetic toward his little people and you can empathize with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and even their most tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals. The sculptures can be found in gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters; in many unusual and unlikely places.

Cement Eclipses is an ongoing nomadic project that started in year 2006. So far, as a part of this project there have been public space interventions in Berlin, London, Bogotá, Brussels, Zagreb, Vienna, Milan, New York, Amsterdam, Nantes, San José, and Hanoi, among other cities.

 

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Mambo Galería en Urvanity Art Fair – Madrid, Spain

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Mambo Galería acudirá a la feria con obras de Liqen, Pelucas, Isaac Cordal, Javier Aguilera y Federico Fernández, intentando repetir el éxito de su presentación viguesa en junio del año pasado.
Una semana en la que Madrid se convertirá en el centro artístico mundial, Mambo Gallery tendrá la oportunidad de mostrar todo su potencial con una serie de piezas inéditas de nuestros artistas.

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Aquí dejamos un enlace a la web de la feria dónde podreis informaros de horarios, galerías y actividades que se organizarán en Urvanity Art Fair durante ese fin de semana.

http://urvanity-art.com/

 

Prints available at Classic Nouveau

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NEW PRINT RELEASES AT CLASSIC NOUVEAU

More info: http://www.classicnouveau.com/category/prints

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Reflection of  Nature

Archival Pigment Print On Hahnemühle 308Gsm paper

Signed By The Artist

50 x 70cm, Edition of 10 – £195.00 – Buy

A4 Edition of 25 – £100.00 – Buy

2016

 

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Ephemeral

Archival Pigment Print On Hahnemühle 308Gsm paper

Signed By The Artist

50 x 70cm, Edition of 10 – £195.00 – Buy

2016

 

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On the edge

Archival Pigment Print On Hahnemühle 308Gsm paper

Signed By The Artist

50 x 70cm, Edition of 10 – £195.00 – Buy

2016

 

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Fragil, group show, Brussels

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Last September I was invited to participate in a group show called Fragile , curated by Zinneke , in a former supermarket in the center of Brussels.

My contribution consisted of a new version of my installation Follow the leaders , small sculptures representing business men half drowned in a mixture of water and oil.
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A l’occasion de la nouvelle biennale de Zinneke, l’exposition FRAGIL rassemble les œuvres de 17 artistes autour d’un sujet sans âge et profondément actuel. Plus qu’un thème parmi d’autres, fragile détermine les équilibres du monde, du vivant, des systèmes. Reconnaître que la fragilité est une grâce incontournable plus qu’une fatale faiblesse permet de déplacer les perspectives, de repenser les interdépendances et d’oser pratiquer des modes d’existence délibérément sensibles. L’exposition FRAGIL invite à la rencontre de ces œuvres, et propose une réflexion à partir de ces différentes sources d’inspiration possibles dans la perspective de la prochaine Zinneke Parade qui aura lieu le 21 mai 2016. du 18 septembre au 18 octobre, accessible du mercredi au dimanche de 11h à 19h au GB58 (ex-Carrefour), rue du Marché aux Poulets 5 – 1000 Bruxelles

 

 

 

Cement Eclipses @ Grenoble, France

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STREETARTFEST GRENOBLE

Ancien Musée de Peinture
Grenoble
France

10-21 Juin 2015

 

Noel forest is a forest that does not exist because we cut down their trees each year to adorn our homes.

 

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More info about this installation: http://cementeclipses.com/Works/noel-forest/

 

I had a busy time there with a solo show too.

 

Moment du solitude – Solo show @ Spacejunk Grenoble

 

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Pictures by Caroline Dumont

 

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The new old slavery

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ARTour Biennale

 

Homo Faber : Poétiques et mécaniques du travail
Ecomusée du Bois-du-Luc
Rue Saint-Patrice, 2b
7110 Houdeng-Aimeries
Belgium

 

Du vendredi 1 mai au mercredi 30 septembre (de 09:00 à 17:00)

 

The last few months I’ve been working on a new installation called The School for ARTour Biennial. My participation in the exhibition, entitled The old new slavery, was completed with three other artwork already presented in 2013 (The Family, Follow the leaders and Residence secundaire),  altogether has been a reflection on the systems of production, human relationships and the fragility of the capitalist system.

 

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“Moments de Solitude”. SpaceJunk Bayonne, France

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SPACEJUNK | BAYONNE
Du 5 février au 4 avril 2015
Vernissage le 05/02 à 18h30 35, rue Ste Catherine 64100 Bayonne – France

 

To begin 2015, the Brussels based artist Isaac Cordal takes possession the Spacejunk network with legions of tiny, middle-aged men in suits who navigate dreary, oppressive environments. Realized to be placed in the street, taking advantage of the existing architecture, Isaac lets us see a rough view of our society. Through ingenious installations, it points out the imperfections of our consumerist routines, the intellectual enslavement of mass and highlights environmental issues.

 

The Family. Rabbit houses, resien polyurethane painted and neons. 2015

 

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Waiting for climate change (different manners to evitate devastation).
Iron poles and resine polyurethane painted). 2015

 

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The office. 2013

 

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El orador. 2015

 

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Sleepwalkers. 2013-2015

 

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Businessman. 2013

 

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SDF. 2012

 

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Chemical Love. 2012

 

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Follow the leaders. 2013.
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Remembrances from nature. 2015

 

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Forest fragments. 2015

 

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Hard life. 2013

 

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Follow the leaders. Detail. 2015

 

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A l’instar d’un dramaturge, l’artiste espagnol Isaac Cordal, illustre avec poésie les nouvelles formes d’aliénation de notre société contemporaine.

 

Pour débuter cette nouvelle année, c’est donc Isaac Cordal qui s’empare du réseau artistique Spacejunk en mettant en scène ses petits personnages de béton d’une quinzaine de centimètres. Réalisés pour être placés dans la rue et offerts à la vue de tous, l’artiste nous invite à porter un regard frontal sur notre société. Grâce à d’ingénieuses installations, il pointe du doigt les imperfections de notre société consumériste et l’asservissement intellectuel de masse et met en lumière les problématiques environnementales.

 

Depuis quelques années, les miniatures de béton sortent par centaines de son atelier situé à Bruxelles et envahissent l’espace urbain jusqu’aux galeries d’art. Les scènes qu’il compose dans ces lieux de monstration reflètent invariablement le quotidien d’hommes et de femmes figés dans leur routine. Les attitudes lasses et désabusées de ses statuettes évoquent sans fard le sentiment général d’un système à la dérive.