Two installation works by Scoop Art artists

Posted on September - 15 - 2017

Photo Courtesy: Plinio Villagran, “Atlas para un Sujeto Adiestrado”

Installation pieces have become the quintessential constructions of contemporary art. This young art form sometimes aims to decenter the viewer, to activate his role as a spectator and engage with the work that surrounds him, or just quietly submerge himself in the piece. These spaces become an immersive experience, where everything is intended for the spectator in order for him to have an intense reaction.

As a new medium, installation art can take as a chronological precursor the works Kurt Schwitters in the 1933 and more recently Allan Kaprow in the 1960’s with his environments and happenings and the Minimalists installations in the 1970’s. Since those days these constructions have become more grand and impressive by the decade, reaching new heights by merging technology, video, and traditional media to create mind-blowing structures.

In Scoop Art we focus mainly on paintings, photography, and sculptures, but we admire and value installation pieces. Two of our artists have ventured in installation art and here are some of their pieces. Be sure to check them.

Desde el Cielo (From Heaven), Mauricio Esquivel

One of the most promising artists to hail from El Salvador, Esquivel is mainly known for dealing with themes such as immigration, displacement, social injustices, and violence. Besides other work including performances and paintings, Esquivel is constantly recognizable for his appropriation of coins, molding them under his own will and charging them with a new symbolism.  In his installation Desde el Cielo, Esquivel uses dollar coins to construct bowls that in turn are filled with holy water. Through his manual process of reshaping the coins, Esquivel purposefully tenses the relationship of dollars with the economy of Central America, which is largely affected by the United States, especially in the form of remittances. His simple but powerful installation thus becomes a critique of displacement and value regarding human and cultural cost as opposed to its economic rate.

Photo Courtesy: The Artist, “Desde el Cielo”.

Cauce, Plinio Villagran 

The work done by Plinio Villagran is the result of his careful studies, done through his years in Guatemala as the co-founder of the experimental group “La Torana,” and his various endeavors abroad, which ultimately landed him in Oaxaca Mexico, where he currently resides. Villagran addresses the concept of the body as a geographical space where the symptoms of violence are felt and manifested organically, as trails left by the passing of brutality. Utilizing design, painting, and installations to create hypothetical human remains, Villagran, constructs a forensic map of the remains that become the traces of violent times that echo until this day. With a rich pallet, Villagran manages to create artworks that are both visually and intellectually engaging, and are sure to entrap the viewer inside Villagran’s iconography.

Be sure to follow these artists, as they continue to produce new and exciting artworks that both challenge and please viewers from all over the world, dealing with local themes that are universal to the global world.

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

Photo Courtesy: The Artist, “Cauce”.