Ricardo Cotanda

Galeria Joan Prats

Ricardo Cotanda, one of the young generation of Spanish sculptors, populates his work with parodic images that he has stripped of their customary meanings. Cotanda’s inventions are secreted like invisible possibilities within other, preexisting objects with which we are more familiar. His media are simple, domestic, and typically local: blue canvas, plain unfinished wood, thread, mirrors, and buttons. These fragile and mundane materials are unusual in art, but Cotanda demonstrates that they are perfectly compatible with conceptually rigorous work.

The new pieces resemble games in one respect, and their cleverness betrays the intentions of their author, who employs rather modest means. Horizontality and verticality are conjugated within single pieces, and between separate works. Cotanda uses the walls or the floors interchangeably as supports, although he prefers the floor for the large

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