Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Isaac Cordal - New Pieces in Galicia, Spain

Photos by Isaac Cordal (Galicia, Spain)

Isaac Cordal ...is a sculpture artist from Galicia. His sculptures take  the form of little people sculpted from concrete in 'real' situations.  Cordal manages to capture a lot of emotion in his vignettes, in spite of their lack of detail or colour. He is sympathetic toward his little  people and we empathise with their situations, their leisure time, their  waiting for buses and their more tragic moments such as accidental  death, suicide or family funerals. His sculptures can be found in  gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters - in many unusual  and unlikely places in the capital. 

This book is the first time his  images have been shown in together in one book dedicated to his work.  Many images never seen before Cordal's concrete sculptures are like  little magical gifts to the public that only a few lucky people will see and love but so many more will have missed. Left to their own devices  throughout London Cordal what really makes these pieces magical is their placement. They bring new meaning to little corners of the urban  environment. They express something vulnerable but deeply engaging.   Left to fend for themselves, you almost want to protect them in some  way, or perhaps communicate with them. Of course the 25cm high  sculptures of people in everyday poses the artist creates in are not  real, are they? Well you've opened a whole can of worms with that  question. 

Yes, the little scenes in Concrete Eclipse are somewhat  poignant but they do not invite you to weep passively for lost worlds  you never knew. They are there to provide a one handed clap to shake you from your reveries and plug you back in to the world. So Cordall's men  in grey are a little message of hope in spite of their forlorn  appearance and they are there to remind you that pessimism is not common sense, it's just pessimism. So make sure you do something inessential  today. Go on, the grey men don't want you to.


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