Isaac Cordal

Galicia/Brussels

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In 2007 the Spanish building industry used 54.2 million tonnes of cement. This factoid did not escape the thoughtful attentions of one very interesting Galician digital nomad, namely Isaac Cordal. Cordal saw this frenzied ‘cementisation’ of the world around him as evidence of our deep alienation from an ongoing conflict with the natural environment. So, being an artist very much obsessed with the problem of the human body Cordal appropriated cement as the tool for his own intervention in the built environment. What this means in laymen’s terms is that he used cement to make his art and in this case his art was sculptures of little people.

Cordal bills his project as being an exploration, an itinerant experiment that hopes to reveal something to us about our relationship with the built environment and our bodies. Cordal talks about these cement bodies becoming part of the street furniture.

At the core of these interventions and what really makes these pieces magical is their placement. They bring new meaning to little corners of the urban environment. They express something vulnerable but deeply engaging. Left to fend for themselves, you almost want to protect them in some way, or perhaps find a way to communicate with them.

(Text by Gary Shove included in Untitled III. This is street art.)

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