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"Reality: Francis Acea, Solo Show"
2003-12-23 until 2003-01-31
Karpio Facchini Gallery
Miami, FL, USA United States of America

For the last seven years, Francis Acea have been exhibiting his work internationally. As part of the Havana based duo, Ordo Amoris Cabinet, Francis Acea has presented his work at venues such as The Royal College of Art, London, Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Germany, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Costa Rica, Camdem Art Center, London, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX, US among others. Since 1996, his work focused on a critical perception of reality, where according to their theory, art is there to find. The work is expressed by bringing ordinary daily life objects into the art spaces, and to present them as an artwork, some times in the most unusual ways, sometimes with the less intervention possible.

A well known work for this period is "taxi-limosina" (1998), a stretched 10 meters long car, made out of three Lada cars welded together, or "Antennas: network transmission" (1998), a hundred and forty four antennas installed upside down. After his last show at the Power Plant Gallery in Toronto, Francis Acea separated from this path and relocated to the US, where he currently lives and works.

His upcoming exhibition "reality" at Karpio Facchini Gallery, will be his debut as a solo artist in the US, where a version of "Antennas: network transmission", coming from Toronto will be exhibit together with new works. Francis Acea's current works moves from installation to other medias such as video and personal computers but still insist in approaching irrelevant fragments or pieces of information that we will consider of no value at all. One good example is the work "subject" (2002), a computer projection of about twenty-eight thousand lines of text, extracted from the subjects lines of the emails the artist have received during the year 2002. The endless stream of content feeds from the technological fluid of information that exist in the communication networks and comes to illustrate a vast spectrum of references on how we live our lives. Francis Acea is focused on the notion of value and architecture of information, the use of the personal computer as an object as well as a media, and its relation with the human body. The series of telephone drawings or the written communication between him and a deaf person while held in a detention center, shows its interest in communication and language beyond any media, as the source of content for his works at the same time that strives to preserve the strictly human character of his artworks.

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