Magazine article Artforum International

Javier Codesal: Galeria Estrany-De la Mota

Magazine article Artforum International

Javier Codesal: Galeria Estrany-De la Mota

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A pioneer in the use of video in Spanish art, Javier Codesal could be considered a multimedia artist but for the dubious connotations that term has acquired. He is a creator who uses words and images with the same degree of intensity, without differentiating between them. He expresses himself through films, poetry, installations involving video and sculpture, and other media. At times he combines them, at times he doesn't. Although not one of those artists who makes the medium an end in itself, neither does Codesal simply dabble; instead, he uses his various media rigorously, displaying wide technical and, as it were, grammatical knowledge. His words and imagery being complementary, each becomes charged with symbolic possibilities that end up coloring his work as a whole.

"El monte perdido" (The Lost Mountain), 2003-2004, is an ambitious project consisting of several videos, an installation, and a set of photographs. On display in Barcelona was an ample portion of this project. Lake most of Codesal's recent work, the pieces shown here were charged with a complex symbolism whose exact meaning the viewer can only grasp intermittently, in fragments. The images allude to spaces related to his childhood: the natural landscapes where he grew up, his high school, and so on; always there is an autobiographical element. It is not difficult to consider "The Lost Mountain" a prolongation of earlier series in which the figure of the child bears a speculative relation to the adult. …

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