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Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium comprising the Government of Catalonia, the Government of the Balearic Islands, and the Barcelona City Council. Its mission is the support and promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad, in all its forms and means of expression.

Artist Martí Cormand exhibits his work They Might Be Giants

Arts.  New York and Ridgefield, CT, 21/09/2020

Inspired by an invitation to participate in an upcoming group exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum regarding the 2020 US election, Martí Cormand visited the National Archives in Washington DC where the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights are housed. Walking up the grand staircase on Constitution Ave., Martí Cormand fixated on the buildings enormous bronze doors – 38 feet high and over 6 tons. A photograph of the doors from 1936 that shows the relationship in scale between the guard and the door is the subject of his recent work ‘They Might Be Giants’. 




Born in Barcelona in 1970, Martí Cormand lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a conceptual artist who employs hyperrealist techniques. He is known for his excruciatingly detailed drawings, in which he reproduces significant major works from art history, viewed as if already reproduced and taped to walls. Some of his better-known works in this vein are his “Formalizing their Concept” series (2012-13), in which his subjects are themselves infamous conceptual works. He is particularly adept at rendering light, shadow, transparency, and texture. Another theme in Cormand’s work is the use and waste of containers and boxes—a particularly poignant subject because his studio is located in what is considered the birthplace of corrugated cardboard in Brooklyn. In a number of trompe l’oeil works, Cormand replicates the surface of a discarded cardboard box on newly minted cardboard. Cormand also creates small, tongue-in-cheek installations featuring banal objects in unlikely situations.

 

They Might Be Giants

Josee Bienvenu Gallery through October 3

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Part of the Twenty Twenty exhibition

October 12, 2020 - March 14, 2021

 

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