ÁNGEL MARCOS

(August 9 - September 7, 2013)

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Around a Dream 10
Laserchrome on paper, mounted on Plexiglas. 152 x 124 cm. 2001.
Around a Dream 10 In Cuba 34 The Black Sea 17 This is gold 4

ÁNGEL MARCOS MEDINA DEL CAMPO(Valladolid, Spain, 1955).The work of Ángel Marcos insistently refers to the concept of the “blind spot” developed by the writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Elias Canetti: a blind spot of inversion, beyond which things have ceased to be true. The author situates the shutter of his gaze on that which is beyond experience; there, in the space between desire and publicity, understood as the result of the substitution of the real with seduction. Ángel Marcos’ series are on display in many different museums, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) in León, Spain; the Margulies Collection in Miami, USA; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid, Spain; the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida, USA; and the Siemens Foundation in Vienna, Austria. His works have been displayed in exhibitions, both solo and collective, in numerous international institutions and private galleries, including Rabo de Lagartija, Planificación y Estrategia (Lizard’s Tale: Planning and Strategy), Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo (Artium), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2011); the Tenth Havana Biennale; Mi Vida: Existencias (My Life: Existences), MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain (2008); China, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain (2007); Jano. La doble cara de la fotografía (Janus: The Two Faces of Photography), Permanent Collection, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2007); CO2, Museo de Arte Brasileira; Ángel Marcos. Bienal del Fuego, Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela (2006). He is currently participating in the 55th Venice Biannale with the project “La subversión íntima” (“The Intimate Subversion”), which the artist defines as that part of our thoughts, our emotions, and our activities that we recognize in others. “Alrededor del sueño” (“Around a Dream”) forms part of the activities program of the Feria Lima Photo 2013. Of the artist’s work, the critic Fernando Castro says…“Fissures and cracks (in reality and in the individual) provoke terrible anguish in the gaze. In Ángel Marcos, this becomes an unstoppable effect that cannot be transformed, only repeated like an insistent perception that disrupts and pierces existence. The intensity of memories and experiences are recurring visions in a space that lacerates their recollection with the widespread promiscuity of images and toughts that form the landscape in which we live, flooding every pore of our mental surface, just like the surface of the photographs. The peculiar way in which he reveals this ‘piercing’ series of tensions lays heavy upon his work, where nostalgic, complacent, or romantic visions distanced by the visceral shove of saturated, artificial, desert-like, or grotesque surroundings…”