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"Reality: Francis Acea, Solo Show"
2003-12-23 until 2003-01-31
Karpio Facchini Gallery
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.
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.