aug 13 2013 - oct 05 2013
Sesper’s new exhibition entitled Reprovado [Rejected], his first solo show at LOGO gallery, presents a narcotic view of the human condition tied to consumerism. In the installation in an anteroom, which opens the show, as well as in the large-format works, humanity is presented through the brutal reconfiguration of its visible reality.
Anatomy is cut up into parts, while texts, photos, graphics and objects are coupled to the bodies portrayed in each work, offering different psychological readings of the protagonists. Sesper’s dysfunctional beings – part human, part cultural residue – reveal dynamics of social exploitation and control even in a simple portrait. Nevertheless, the punk dystopia that emerges from the set of works does not sound like the refrain of a grassroots revolt. The artist’s conceptual and visual overlayings engender fascination, like in a spectacular end-of-the-world scenario in all its complexity.
Compared to the artist’s previous production, the works of Reprovado mark the rise of a new relation among the layers. Now, even the wood panels that the artist normally uses as a support have been cut, reconfigured and overlaid, forcing the essentially bidimensional compositions toward the tridimensional. The depth makes the figuration emerge or else fragments it, according to the spectator’s vantage point.
The tension between the retinal pleasure and the weight of the new works’ interpretation functions as an analogy to the consumer goods that pervade contemporary life as well as Sesper’s compositions. These products have a momentarily attractive form and functionality, even though they result from slaving production processes that cause environmental damage by both their manufacture and their disposal. It is worth noting that the artist does not position himself here as an example to be followed; he does not make a distinction between the trash of the world and his own, considering himself, in fact, rejected – since Sesper’s oeuvre is full of direct projections of his personality, of representations of isolated facts from his life and self-portraits. But recognizing this position, of having been rejected, and having the artist’s willingness to reconfigure the chaos in our favor, may ultimately be the only solution. _Pex
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