Magazine article Artforum International

Carles Congost: Undacio Joan Miro / Centro Andaluz De Rte Contemporaneo. (Reviews - Barcelona/Seville)

Magazine article Artforum International

Carles Congost: Undacio Joan Miro / Centro Andaluz De Rte Contemporaneo. (Reviews - Barcelona/Seville)

Article excerpt

Although in Spain his name is associated with video, Carles Congost's work is not to a single medium but rather advantage of diverse resources. Over the year he has shown this flexibility in exhibitions that--though they shared works in common--represented distinct complementary projects. The first, in Barcelona, consisted of a single installation (Country Girls, 2000) using heterogeneous elements; a collage as much of media (objects, photography, video, drawings songs) as of intentions.

Conveyed by means of a nonlinear narrative about three girls living in a small town, the work's main theme was the chasm between the appearance of tranquility and the turbulent reality that lies below the surface of daily life--a theme red by Twin Peaks. (Congost himself is a small town in Catalonia.) Each of the protagonists of this story corresponds to a stereotype from youth-oriented literature and film--a frequent source of inspiration for this artist whose work as a whole is based on a teenager's wounded vision of the world, that is, on the discrepancy been youthful dreams and a far more mediocre reality. In this case, Congost's visions of adolescence emerged from the videos in which each girl presented herself, which were accompanied by sculptures and drawings that elaborate on themes suggested by the videos. Above the rest of the installation hung a large map with small lights marking the diverse trajectories of the protagonists--luminous traces of the difference between their actual actions and what they recounted. …

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