I read a great review by rekown art critic who I respect, Marinne de Tolentino about the exhibition Flotando: Tony Capellán at Centro Cultural Español (open until march 10). I was very excited to go and experience this edgy and contemporary art show. However it fell flat.
Capellan is a great artist dedicating most of his career to making ecological statements mostly about pollution of our oceans. Marianne de Tolentino wrote a few years ago that Capellan’s work has “acquired a disquieting feature, a result of indignation, questioning and reflection and intends to cause reflection, indignation and questioning in the spectator.” Sadly in Flotando this is not the case.
The objects “gathered” from the ocean resemble old toys that were lying around a house, combs from an old parlor, nets found at any hardware store, etc. In no way do these particular objects invoke the feeling of being found objects. They seem to have no corrosion, acidity, no smell of the ocean or even of being old. They don’t even seem dirty. The nets were the objects are entwined don’t have that free sense of spontaneity. They are not pieces that were trapped but rather they are hung with precision and have no movement or fluidity to them. In other words, the purity of his earlier works seems lost and so is the message he tries to portray.