I am intrigued by this latest series of installations now showing at the 2012 BLK River Festival in Vienna. As part of the artist Isaac Cordal‘s continuing series called “Cement Eclipses,” this work depicts miniature people trying to live in our highly urbanized environment. Standing on shopping carts to avoid the flooded streets, getting married wearing gas masks, and gazing at an enormous discarded computer monitor, Cordal’s little people appear befuddled, scared and sad.
The artist says, “Cement Eclipses is a critic/definition of our behavior as a social mass. This project intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. These scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being. They present fragments in which the nature, still present, maintains encouraging symptoms of survival. The precariousness of these anonymous statuettes, at the height of the sole of the passers, represents the nomadic remainders of an imperfect construction of our society. These small sculptures contemplate the demolition and reconstruction of everything around us. They catch the attention of the absurdity of our existence.”