In cassocks prosthetic Temptation
There in the work of Andrés Planas something devilish, spooky, macabre and surreal surroundings, leaving aside the landlocked source. In criminal lawyer now spends his retirement become professional artist, which never ceased to be "if only painter weekends." The gallery Fran Reus Palma receives after more than 20 years without exposing the capital of his native land, and for the occasion preparing an exhibition "the most comprehensive" has done.
Today may be his most recent series, Prosthetics, with his first video art; collection that gives its name to the exhibition, Meditecráneo and a selection of autobiographical series devoted to the repressive education (cassock) who lived in Spain in the last years of Franco.
Although all of the above works are imbued with the same staff and truculent style, the artist creates an entire "casuistic" universe around the breast implant. The outbreak of the controversial implants and "dangerous" relationship with a surgeon friend resulted in the use of these (not necessarily industrial) deciduous silicones were carried by real women and creating Planas has intervened a number of small installations methacrylate polls. Include, along with the symbolic elements that give clues about the life and personality of the wearer of the prosthesis, a "label" Name entered to have taken so fictional.
"It's like my last child, sometimes I worked the intervention knowing the result I wanted, and the story had in mind, sometimes the story has given me inspiration," says Planas. To prevent "scattering" series has been collected in a catalog, entitled The Temptation of St. Agatha, with a foreword by the curator, Carlos Jover.
In line with this breast universe, video art focuses on "reality show implantation and removal" of these prostheses with real images, which make the result "a very violent act," although "without addressing" the action itself.
Special mention deserve the "barricade skulls" that give title to the sample. A total of 300 pieces of collage, which start from a sheet of magazine operated by photography or painting, but always with the bone box "finishing the work, as a container of being, because what is in the background is like a life story he had that skull, "he explains. This series is also accompanied by a catalog, which includes images with texts concerning a bony case reported by John Rabell.
The "black" is the quintessential series based on his childhood, with 34 pieces (300) reflecting a strict and accompanied by fetal skin and clay religious education.