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Isaac Cordal, Author at Isaac Cordal

New solo show “24/7” at SC Gallery, Bilbao. Spain

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Solo show by ISAAC CORDAL.

Isaac Cordal presents his second solo exhibition entitled “24/7” at SC Gallery, Bilbao.

24/7 alludes to our capacity for work and complete availability to continue sinking into that crevice called progress. Our capacity to build chasms seems to have no limits. Now that our living room has become an extension of the factory, we can continue with the production without any interruptions.

 

We are resigned not to waste time. Our free time has become a pause between tasks. We seem to feel bad if we do nothing. We check our mobile phones again and again as if each notification were a balm for our uncertainty.

Work has become the epicentre of our lives.

 

The exhibition will be open until 28 January 2022.

For further information, please contact:

comunicacion@scgallery.es

 

 

MEN AND NO

 

Men – Isaac Cordal’s little man – and denial. This is certainly what we must talk about; of a confrontation between life and the forces that besiege and deny it: How can we fail to grant sovereignty to conscience in these circumstances? “Conscience,” said Georges Bataille, “resists the totality of the world and pitifully denies that which exceeds it, that which it cannot bear”. This is the question that, it seems to me, is often raised by the works of Isaac Cordal. For we are all, in short, this little man acting in his own pathetic way, making his gesture and his perplexity and his impotence his own particular Kafkaesque misadventure before the law.

 

Bataille himself is experiencing this dilemma as a tragedy, which is already ours: “Reflect on the inevitable or try not to merely sleep. (…) We have witnessed the submission of those who are overcome by a very serious predicament. But were those who shouted more awake? What follows is so strange, so vast, so beyond the reach of expectations…”. Perhaps that is why our little man is so often absent, disoriented, blind or lost in the night of a bled-dry turmoil. Amid the chaos of countless voices; exhausting himself in the slumber of those who simply observe, listen, vegetate, survive or simply scrape by in the universal and grey inter-passivity. It is the kingdom of the last man that Nietzsche, in his Zarathustra, also spoke of: “We are no longer rich or poor: it’s too distressing. Who can still want to govern? Who would still be willing to obey? It’s too distressing. No shepherd and a single flock! They all want the same thing, they are all the same…”

 

One would say that existence, as a whole, has been sinking, slumbering and drowning, and with it desire – the big question, then, would be: How can we finally touch desire at the point where it has to be touched? -. It could also be said that life now wanders, not to leave a certain point and settle in another, but to live in the open, as in the way the little men that Isaac Cordal arranges along the cities of the planet often appear. Representatives of the mass production of man himself, the so-called objective, or modern, man (the product of the combined action of science, industry and advertising); that which has no beginning(s), no end(s), no exit, no ascent, no possibility or action of engendering, of poetising, in the sense of Hölderlin and the Greeks. He, installed in the always restless non-place of transition and wandering, is like Aristotelian plastic matter, which hopes to attain body and meaning thanks to a content and a form always coming from another, from outside. How, moreover, can it be tolerated that action in such unfortunate designs or destinies almost always ends up “making” life “disappear”? The artist, perhaps, can only show this situation, this sentence – sometimes with causticity, sometimes fraternally, with empathy towards the unfortunate – , and with it, invite, urge to get out of the confusion… Yes, perhaps now is the time to denounce once again the subordination, the subservient attitude, with which human life is certainly incompatible.

 

But we know this is far from simple. We have to proceed from the astonished helplessness with which, like the man on the balcony of Isaac Cordal’s premises, we often contemplate and witness daily life. His innermost springs show an impenetrable appearance, and then the little man glimpses himself as a petty wavering light in a night without conceivable edges, which envelops him on all sides. Sometimes, in his stunned helplessness, he even clings to a rope, or a mask. How can we not pity the distant figure that the artist has drawn, as a sort of drastically reduced double of ourselves, and which the artist keeps throwing into all kinds of darkness! One appreciates the figure all the more, one loves it all the more precisely because of its miseries, its foolishness and its misfortunes. This is man, humanity, sordid or tender, and always erratic, lost, moving in banality; when, as Bataille also wrote, “the night becomes dirtier, when the horror of the night turns beings into a vast waste”.

 

 

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disCONNECT. Schoeni Projects. Hong Kong

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disCONNECT group exhibition can currently be seen in Hong Kong.

11 October – 29 November 2020 (Wednesday – Sunday, Noon – 8pm)

Tenement Building: 2-4/F 16 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

disCONNECT is an exhibition that responds to the pandemic and explores themes of connection, belonging, isolation and reliance on technology at the time of COVID19. From the rigorous pre-exhibition planning to exhibition realisation, the practice corresponds with worldwide lockdown, quarantine and restrictions throughout the entire period.

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Walls Enclosure. Urban Spree Gallery. Berlin

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WALLS
URBAN SPREE GALLERY
17.01.2020 – 29.02.2020
Revaler Str. 99 (Revaler x Warschauer)
Berlin, 10245

 

The 13-character installation “Wall Enclosure“ was created in situ at Urban Spree in January 2020 by Isaac Cordal for the “WALLS” exhibition.

It is a dark and powerful dystopian evocation of loneliness, bureaucratie, and alienation. A miniature universe set in a series of upcycled kitchen furniture, spray painted and enhanced with patina.

 

 

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Follow the leaders – Annecy Paysages. Annecy, France

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Lac d´Annecy / Parc Charles Brosson

6 Jullier – 15 September

Dans le bassin d’un ancien embarcadère au bord du lac, Isaac Cordal installe une vingtaine de personnages figurant une assemblée de décideurs débattant des mesures à prendre pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. Au delà de tout aspect polémique, l’œuvre s’impose par le rapport à la nature et au temps qu’elle incarne jusqu’à l’absurde.
L’œuvre d’Isaac Cordal, artiste street-art, s’inspire d’une installation éphémère réalisée à Berlin en 2011 et qui fait partie de la série Follow the leaders. Il nous invite à porter une attention particulière sur la relation que nous entretenons avec l’environnement. Les sculptures réalisées en résine polyuréthane peintes sont vissées sur un socle en métal et plongées dans l’eau, laissant libre cours à l’imagination de chacun : débordement des eaux de la planète ou reflet de l’inconscience collective face au bouleversement climatique ? Une invitation à vous laisser submerger par vos pensées…

 

Annecy Paysages

 

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Waiting for climate change – Obrestad Fyr Og Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norway

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Laurdag 22. juni kl. 14.00. Obrestad fyr
OPNING AV SOMMARUTSTILLING
ISAAC CORDAL (ES)
WAITING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
utandørs installasjon

 

I sommar kan du oppleve utstillinga WAITING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE av den spanske kunstnaren Isaac Cordal. Ved området på Obrestad fyr og Hå gamle prestegard vil du kome over små folk plassert på høge stolpar. På ulikt vis er dei alle førebudd på den
komande klimaendringa. Dei ser ikkje redde eller bekymra ut, meir avventande til det uunngåelege.

 

Isaac Cordal bur og arbeider i Spania. Han har utdanning frå University of Fine Arts i Spania og Camberwell College of Arts i London, der han spesialiserte seg innan skulptur. Mange kjenner til street-art-prosjekta hans, der han plasserer ut små menneskeskulpturar i urbane miljø og isceneset kvardagssituasjonar i absurde settingar.

 

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Follow the leaders – Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao

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Isaac Cordal: ‘Seguir a los líderes’

Del 2 de mayo de 2019 al 19 de mayo de 2019

Bilbao Art District se inaugura el 2 de mayo en el Atrio de las Culturas con la instalación ‘Seguir a los líderes’ del artista Isaac Cordal (Galicia, 1974), formada por habitantes de una ciudad que se mimetizan con los escombros de sus ruinas. Poblada de pequeños hombres de negocios que deambulan a la deriva observando el efecto colateral de sus propias decisiones, esta ciudad en ruinas es el rastro que hemos dejado a medida que nos hemos alejado de la naturaleza.

 

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LandArt Lapinjärvi, Finland

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On this, the last day of the year, I am very happy to present to you a project which I carried out in November for Landart Lanpinjarvi in Finland. On this occasion, I was working on full scale / life size pieces. The materials that I used were branches of trees and mud that were collected on location. The Sculptures are located in a forest near Lanpinjarvi.

 

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