Carlos Rigau's Sections Exhibition Opens at General Practice
General Practice, Rigau says, "fills a void of work that's a little more difficult to commodify."
The space lends itself to a certain sensibility, one marked by the artist's dark but humorous perspective. All flyers and images emerging from GP look like something Dracula might create when inviting friends over for a birthday party.
New York-based Roa uses rubber bungie cords to create shapes that connect the wall to the floor. Rigau says it's formalist, modern, and a little S&M, keeping with the murky and somewhat creepy theme of GP. Nelemans from Chicago is using laser levels and mirrors to create boxy shapes in a dark room. Similar to Roa, Rigau notes, "They're both using these materials that create form, but they're not art materials." He added of the works in Sections, "Formally, all of them make sense together."
Long, Castillo, and Rigau have created an environment where viewers can watch a video filmed at the end/SPRING BREAK's space at the Miami International Art Fair. In the cubicle, Long painted watercolors of things like a crotch in a Speedo, while Rigau tried to auction off Long's simple creations.
While he comically begged people to buy these paintings, he offered a slideshow of Google image searches of Cousin Itt and told personal stories about onlookers. Rigau said cynically of the event, "Selling watercolors at an art fair speaks for itself." The Heat Lightning said, "The coolest thing happened last weekend, and you weren't there." With this installation, you can pretend you were that cool that you were there.
Sections opens on Dec. 29 at General Practice on 7 p.m., 3930 NW 2 Ave., Miami. Visit generalpractice90210.blogspot.com.