Born in 1974 - Spain
Isaac Cordal is a sculptor from Spain currently living in Bruxelles. His sculptures take the form of little people sculpted from concrete in 'real' situations. Cordal manages to capture a lot of emotion in his vignettes, in spite of their lack of detail or colour.
He is sympathetic toward his little people and we empathise with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and their more tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals. His sculptures can be found in gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters - in many unusual and unlikely places in the capital. They bring new meaning to little corners of the urban environment. They express something vulnerable but deeply engaging. Left to fend for themselves, you almost want to protect them in some way, or perhaps communicate with them.
Of course the 25cm high sculptures of people in everyday poses the artist creates in are not real, are they? Well you've opened a whole can of worms with that question. Yes, the little scenes in Concrete Eclipse are somewhat poignant but they do not invite you to weep passively for lost worlds you never knew. They are there to provide a one handed clap to shake you from your reveries and plug you back in to the world. So Cordal´s men in grey are a little message of hope in spite of their forlorn appearance and they are there to remind you that pessimism is not common sense, it's just pessimism.
So make sure you do something inessential today. Go on, the grey men don't want you to.
2013 Follow the leaders. Bienal La Otra. Bogotá, Colombia
2013 Cement eclipses Anno Domini Gallery. San Jose. EEUU
2013 The new slavery Temple du gout. Nantes, France
2012 Prestige Harlan Levey Projects Gallery. Brussels. Belgium.
2012 Eclipses de cemento. Galeria JM. Malaga, Spain.
2012 Cement eclipses: small interventions in the big city. Pure Evil Gallery. London. UK.
2012 Waiting for climate change . Beaufort04. Vila Chalutier. De Panne. Belgium
2012 Cement eclipses Ras Gallery. Subenysuben. Barcelona, Spain.
2006 The elder brother. Urbanitas. Group show. MARCO. Vigo, Spain
Cement Eclipses: Small interventions in the big cities
Carpet Bombing Culture
Cement Eclipses. Levoyaganantes
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