The borders between reality and fantasy are crossed in this years’ display of Anthony Goicolea’s work at VOLTA NY. Represented by Galería SENDA, the American-Cuban artist will introduce a film-noir based theme into his graphite and acrylic drawings.
A selection of multi-layered, double-projection shadow portraits of women form part of the stand. Finished on Mylar paper and mounted on aluminum, these images are poignant and cinematic and almost seem as though someone or something has entered the screen and interfered with the production.
The artist also presents a large grid of smaller drawings with graphite and aluminum on Mylar and butcher paper. Often, these images consist of complex compositions of the artist himself, in a manner of poses and guises, therefore revealing a playful self-consciousness. Goicolea tests out anthropomorphic and humanoid forms, covering bodies with sheets or faces with blindfolds. In this way, he explores, due to his Cuban origins, the “other self” or quest for a lost identity.
Goicolea’s stand of self-portraits, narratives, and landscapes, are occasionally digitally manipulated and often unsettlingly powerful. Through this film-noir theme, this year at VOLTA, the artist will delve into the shadows, reflections, and visions that lie within our own human condition.
Text: Carolina Hayes Vidal - Quadras