WORK

Lumpenkult
Ruins of the Anthropocene
The Future Lies Behind
The Barbarians Among Us
Alternate Monuments
Rewriting the 21st Century
Rise and Fall of a Rogue State
Analog Documents
(Fake) Wall Paintings
Scenes of a Revolution yet to Come
Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Last Days of Capitalism
Banners
Posters
Classic Drawings
Concrete Processes /
Landscapes with Ruins
Rationalist Models
Decorative Sculptures
Vignettes / Cartoons / Other Suites
Early Drawings / Soft Sculptures
Miscellanea
 
 

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RUINS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE (in process)

The contemporary phenomenon of aestheticization of ruins, leaving aside the case of Detroit, has found its preferred source of imagery in the former Eastern Bloc. As in 19th-century Romanticism, and earlier in Renaissance, the current interest in the remains of bygone cultures has little to do with the historical reality of the periods from which formal references are gleaned. The rediscovery and exploitation of art of pagan antiquity in Late Medieval Italy was possible precisely because its connection with ruination neutered the potential danger posed by its non-Christian origins. Once the ruins have been emptied of their primitive political meaning, the cult of aestheticization contributes to feeding new ideological narratives about the past. A significant consequence of this process is the collapse of the temporal and spatial complexity into a single time and place: ruination obscures historical and geographic context.
This project consists in a set of fabricated ruins, familiar-looking fragments of ancient objects without a clearly identifiable origin. In the amalgamation of visual references we can pick out symbols and motifs from various human civilizations of the past (from Babylon to the USSR) as well as from our present. Considering such diverse ages and cultural traditions on the same level is just a step further in the mentioned process of appropriation of the aesthetic leftovers from a defeated civilization by a victorious one, including ourselves in the first category.


   



Big Relief

2016 / 125 x 178 cm / Plasterboard, acrylic paint


Still Life

2016 / 57 x 100 cm / XPS, clay, acrylic paint and airbrush

Humanity

2015 / 66 x 65 cm / XPS, clay, acrylic paint and airbrush

Installation View

Souvenirs from Nowhere / Matadero, Madrid / 2016