Friday, 20 August 2010

LSD Magazine Interviews - Isaac Cordal (Issue 5)

Blink and you’ll miss it. Turning the urban landscape in on itself with installations that are almost to subtle to be noticed while passing by in an individualistic frenzy, Isaac Cordal uses the grey functionality of cement to question the lack of colour and vibrancy in so much of our lives through his tiny figures. Dealing equally with the virtual eradication of the natural world within the urban matrix, he homes in on the anonymity of city life, the numb lack of feeling and the blindness to the realities of others as bureaucracy and blandness penetrate a once organic fabric of life. As his everymen spread out across the world in silent, downtrodden contemplation, we spoke to Isacc...

Formally trained or self taught? 

I studied Fine Arts in Pontevedra, a small town in northwestern Spain. How long you been an active artist? I have been working on my own projects since 1999.

Where and when did the Cement Eclipse campaign begin? 

I started making sculptures out of cement when I was at School of Art in 2002, but it was not until 2006 when I started to use them on the streets. The first place I left a Cement eclipses sculpture was in the city of Vigo

What’s the concept behind these small street pieces? 

Cement Eclipses is a critic/definition of our behavior as a social mass. This project intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. These scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being. 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.


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