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#JaimePitarch creates sculptures, drawings, videos and installations often using humble everyday objects such as a guitar, chair, or household and consumer products. He employs inventive strategies of displacement, re-contextualization and visual punning to peel away at their routine uses and meanings to alter our relationship with such utilitarian items. Pitarch describes his work as mainly having “… to do with the human being’s inability to identify with the structures he himself has created.” Having been stripped of their functionality, we are free to view them in the alternative narratives the artist provides.
Subject, object, abject, 2006
Modified wooden chair
Salvador Dalí, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1946, oil on canvas, 90 × 120 cm, Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.
Salvador Dalí, 1904-1989, was one of the most celebrated and successful artists of the 20th century. Inspired by Freud’s writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery, Dali sought to establish the “greater reality” of man’s subconscious over his reason. To bring up images from his subconscious mind, Dalí began to induce hallucinatory states in himself by a process he described as “paranoiac critical.” Dalí depicts a dream world in which common objects are juxtaposed, deformed or metamorphosed in bizarre and irrational ways. He portrays these objects in meticulous detail and places them within bleak, sunlit landscapes. This painting with the temptation of Saint Anthony as its subject was part of a competition organised in 1946 by the movie- producing firm Loew Lewin Company. The saint is being tempted and challenged by an intimidating prancing horse in the foreground and several following elephants with elongated legs. On the first elephant a fierce nude woman is standing on a fragile pedestal. The other elephants are carrying buildings on their backs among them an obelisk, a Palladian structure and a tall phallic tower. The Escorial, a royal palace and monastery which dates back to the 16th century, can be seen in the clouds on the right.
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