Snow blanketed the streets of Anderlecht (Brussels, Belgium) and I went for a ride with a few of my sculptures.
Some of them decided to stay glued on bridges, gates and walls under the cold winter.
This project focuses on a flea market called ‘Jeu de Ball’ in Brussels, an outdoor place that is open almost every day of the year come snow, wind or rain.
Many people buy frames to replace thier old images for new ones. These old photos have lost their symbolic value as a family bond, causing the image to become more than ever an object, a spectral fingerprint of the past. These images belong to the organic world of impressions, developed via chemical processes, some painted, others with a careful treatment processed by professional photographers. They look like appearances from the past that warn us of our own destiny. In the eyes of the people portrayed, we contemplate the mystery and expiration of life itself.
The photographs in the market become merchandise without a price tag. Everyday photographs are moved from the trucks without any packaging or protection and they deteriorate in every movement, wet with broken glasses, frames without plaster. ..
The photographs are accumulated with other objects, many of them are them belongings, chaotically scattered on the floor like authentic still lifes, reminiscent of when there is nothing left, like when a home is abandoned because its life has come to an end.
Many of them seem to miss that oh so familiar wall where they were hung for years. They are photographs without walls. Homeless.
Pictures were taken in Vienna and Brussels.
Waiting for climate change. Nieuwpoort. Belgium
Follow the leaders. Nieuwpoort. Belgium
Missed call from nature. Ostend. Belgium
Celulosas. Pontevedra. GZ. Spain
Slowly sinking. Pontevedra. GZ. Spain
La despensa. Pontevedra. GZ. Spain
Pontevedra. GZ. Spain
Survivors. Vienna, Austria
Survivor. Vienna, Austria
Trapped in a life time. Málaga. Spain
Winners. Bruxelles, Belgium
Nature. Bruxelles. Belgium
Homeless. Bruxelles, Belgium
In between. Bruxelles, Belgium
Eclipses de cemento
Galería JM, Málaga. Spain.
Inauguración: Viernes, 23 de noviembre a las 21.00 h.
Exposición: del 23 de noviembre del 2012 al 26 de enero de 2013
La reflexión sobre la sociedad actual a través de la escultura protagoniza esta nueva exposición de Isaac Cordal (Pontevedra, 1974) en las salas de la Galería Javier Marín. El modelado del alambre y las sombras inmateriales como capacidades representativas del cuerpo humano que pudimos ver en su anterior propuesta en la galería dan paso ahora al cemento, un material industrial que representa la huella del hombre en el entorno natural, una huella que no se puede camuflar y que ha ofrecido un resultado brutal en la sociedad civilizada.
Isaac Cordal - PRESTIGE
Thursday, November 08, 2012
18:00 – 21:30
November 08, 2012 – January 09, 2013
Harlan Levey Projects gallery
37 Rue Léon Lepagestraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Hours: Wed – Sun 13:00 – 19:00 and by appointment
Prestige – solo exhibition by Isaac Cordal
There is no authority without Prestige even once it’s sunk. Ten years after The Prestige polluted more than 1000 beaches, Isaac Cordal (Spain, 1974) presents new works and a full look at his project, ‘Cement Eclipses: Small Interventions in the Big City.’
Rue de Theux
In the front hall, Isaac has created a new work for the gallery that transforms the effect that austerity measures are having on families and communities across the EU into a waking discussion. For each 1% rise in the unemployment rate, there is a 0.8% rise in suicides; homelessness is rising quickly across the continent yet there are no published European statistics to date (www.feantsa.org). In line with his direct language, Isaac presents another new work titled: 25k.
25k. Cement. 2012.