Os Veciños 1
- Isaac Cordal (Isaac Cordal)
With the seemingly simple act of miniaturisation and a studied and suggestive location, Isaac Cordal magically broadens the imagination of the people who come across his sculptures in the street. The series “Eclipses de Cemento” is a critical definition of our behaviour as a social mass. Through this series of works, Isaac focus our attention on the devalued relationship with nature through a critical and sarcastic look, which addresses the collateral effects of our evolution as a species.
His sculptures, which do not usually exceed 25 cm, are located in specific places that quickly open doors to other worlds, as the American Charles Simonds had already done in the 1970s through his Dwellings, small vestiges of miniature false civilizations integrated into the architecture of buildings at street level.
Cordal’s miniaturisation contrasts with the large mural’s magnificence, a moving piece that conveys the individual’s loneliness immersed in the urban environment and the capacity of large population centres to devour difference, to homogenise customs and rites and to feed uprooting’s slow demise. Although it may hurts us, unfortunately all the big cities resemble each other and the singular and the local aspects are often relegated.
On this occasion, Cordal broke with his series of miniaturisations generated with Cement Eclipses and created for Rexenera’s festival third edition another series of three characters on a larger, almost human scale, strategically placed on balconies without doors and windows, in the heart of the town, immersed in the isolation of the building and the town, stoically bearing the weight of the urban spaces’ existential dehumanisation.
Thus “Os Veciños”, the specific installation Cordal created for RexeneraFest 2017 and that can be found in two different areas of the town, was made in record time in situ during the festival; based on polystyrene, resins, and other materials, it conveys all these feelings about the common space, the contemporary city and the alienation we are subjected to as a community.