“Carlos Pazos (Milonga, 1980) stages his self-portrait as a fake snapshot in a nostalgic setting to represent the end of a youth filled with dreams of fame and glamour.”
The exhibition Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Through the exhibition we will be sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”. This time we are sharing about Carlos Pazos, exhibitied under the section “Emotion on Stage”!
Since the mid-seventies, Carlos Pazos’ art work has been dealing with the construction of individual mythologies. This work is a self-portrait of the artist in profile, looking dejected as he leans on the bar counter of Barcelona’s legendary Cibeles dance salon. It is a false snapshot that reflects the crisis suffered by the artist upon reaching the age of thirty, and marks the beginning of the end of the fictitious persona, characterised by glamour and nostalgia, that Pazos had gradually created since his 1976 exhibition I’m Going to Turn Myself into a Star. From the sulky look of Pazos’s face we guess that melancholy emerges when man stumbles across himself and his own creations and inventions. The artist seems to be at odds with his times and realises he is unable to carry on embodying the fiction he had constructed.
(b. 1949, Barcelona, Spain) lives and works between Collioure, France and Barcelona, Spain. His work is inserted within the frame of aesthetics, silence and emptiness. This reality is included in Pazos’ work as emptiness, there is no reference of art and the object always refers to fiction; for this reason the tension between collage and the representation of emptiness is one of the most interesting contributions of this artist. Facing the failure of modern utopia and the questioning of any system of representation, Pazos chooses to hide behind the mask of Narcissus, escaping in the accumulation of objects and merging with the abject. His selected solo exhibitions are CGAC, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela; Centro Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana (Cuba); Galería Michel Soskine nc; Galería La Aurora, Murcia; Museo de Arte Gráfico San Clemente, Cuenca; Galería My Name’s Lolita Art, Valencia; Galería Raíña Lupa, Barcelona; La Naval, Cartagena; ARCO’08, Galería Trinta, Madrid; Galería Presenta, Girona; Galería Vanguardia, Bilbao; Espai Guinovart, Agramunt, Lleida.
Our Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions in The ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition can be visited until March 4! During the exhibition we will be sharing more about the artists and sections at the exhibition.