Wednesday April 18, 2001 at 6:30 PM
An Italian premiere, MC Magma presents a solo exhibition of works by Anthony
The artist lives and works in New York.
Anthony Goicolea presents the first show of a photographic installation
created on a large-scale format for MC Magma.
Do you remember when, at some point in your life, your voice began to
change? Your body to transform itself? The games you played became more
ambiguous? By representing himself several times within the same image,
Anthony Goicolea uses new technologies to retrace the passage from childhood
to adolescence through the composition of obsessive self-portraits which
narrate the adventures of a mischievous man-child who engages in the most
incongruous pranks. In contrast with some of his previous photographs,
in this case the artist does not portray adolescence through figures of
emaciated youths in the throes of an existential crisis. In these photographs,
the artist is a healthy, vibrant youth who engages in the acts of touching,
caressing, spitting, eating, drinking, playing, creating, and destroying,
all within a sometimes surrealistic setting which is halfway between a
dream and a childhood memory. Don’t let yourselves be fooled, however,
by some of the sweet nuances in this work, since you’ll soon discover
that you’re attracted by the amorphous sensuality of the child it depicts.
You’ll thus experience a sudden sense of guilt, and desire will be followed
by embarrassment and an uneasy awareness of having felt an impulse which
is considered socially “unacceptable” and “wrong.” Besides the subtle
sensuality of this child’s actions, their primitive and gratuitous cruelty
(such as when he harasses a poor puppy), also instill doubts in the viewer
regarding the innocence of childhood, commonly thought to be pure and
untainted. Everything is incredibly exposed, and there are countless allusions,
including ones to Jeff Koons, Harold and Maude, Goya, and Sam Taylor Wood,
in an apparently casual disorder which will lure you to fall into the
trap the artist has set for you. Himself a victim of his own narcissism
and of the embryonic manhood of his own physical appearance, Anthony Goicolea
deliberately mixes the fragments of his own memories with common contemporary
concerns; the obsessive cloning of his own persona thus seems to constitute
a parody of the modern cult of the body, of progress in genetics, and
of the unsettling future that awaits us. All of this is expressed through
the use of candy colors, sexy lighting, and slick nuances, as if it were
an ad for a mysterious, ambiguous toy.
Text by Daniele Balice
The artist will be at the show’s opening, and will also be available by
appointment and from April 14-20 for press conferences.
Show runs: 18 April – 9 June, 2001. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday,
3:00 – 6.30 PM.