Isaac Cordal …is a sculpture artist from Galicia. His sculptures take
the form of little people sculpted from concrete in ‘real’ situations.
Cordal manages to capture a lot of emotion in his vignettes, in spite of
their lack of detail or colour. He is sympathetic toward his little
people and we empathise with their situations, their leisure time, their
waiting for buses and their more tragic moments such as accidental
death, suicide or family funerals. His sculptures can be found in
gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters - in many unusual
and unlikely places in the capital. This book is the first time his
images have been shown in together in one book dedicated to his work.
Many images never seen before Cordal’s concrete sculptures are like
little magical gifts to the public that only a few lucky people will see
and love but so many more will have missed. Left to their own devices
throughout London Cordal 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 communicate with them. Of course the 25cm high
sculptures of people in everyday poses the artist creates in are not
real, are they? Well you’ve opened a whole can of worms with that
question. Yes, the little scenes in Concrete Eclipse are somewhat
poignant but they do not invite you to weep passively for lost worlds
you never knew. They are there to provide a one handed clap to shake you
from your reveries and plug you back in to the world. So Cordall’s men
in grey are a little message of hope in spite of their forlorn
appearance and they are there to remind you that pessimism is not common
sense, it’s just pessimism. So make sure you do something inessential
today. Go on, the grey men don’t want you to.
More info: http://isaac.alg-a.org