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Carlos Aires, I want to break free

Carlos Aires I want to break free, 2020

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Carlos Aires, I want to break free
  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Barcelona - Spain

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Print : gold leaf, found object, embroidery, engraving

  • Themes


  • Support

    Print on bank note

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 3 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    72 x 52.4 x 2.4 inch

  • Framing

    Beige wood frame with museum glass

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    72.8 x 53.1 x 2.8 inch

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  • About the artwork

    Carlos Aires "I want to break free" (2020).
    The value of money once was the amount of precious metal that the coin contained, and the value of a banknote was related to the amount of gold that the country possessed. Currently, it is still a piece of paper with a specific value fixed by a global agreement. While banknotes are not entirely of the person who possesses it, is a loan from the Bank of the country. Therefore, the destruction of a banknote is illegal because it is not entirely in our possession. In "I want to break free"2020, the lyrics of Queen song are patiently transcribed with cut-out real euro and pound banknotes. Each letter has been pinned just as a specimen on a taxidermist’s cabinet. The subversive potential of illegality in this work offers a deep critique of today's society while makes an ironic comment on current Brexit crisis.

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Carlos Aires

Born in: 1974 Spain
Translation in progress

Carlos Aires’s work is inspired by personal experience and obsessions; the collision with a contradictory, and sometimes absurd, existence is transposed into his artworks. Aires depicts an uncomfortable reality through beautiful and attractive productions, leading the spectator to a multi-layered understanding to discover a perturbing and politically incorrect dimension beyond appearance.

He gives a semantic turn to established icons and values by re-contextualizing ready-made raw materials, employing fragile and yet charged objects (old vinyl records, paper, currencies), and pointing out a critical position towards contemporary neo-liberal society.
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