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Carlos Irijalba, Pendo 1, 2014, steel, resin, fiberglass, stone powder, 35 1/2 × 82 3/4 × 23 3/4".

Carlos Irijalba

Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz

Carlos Irijalba, Pendo 1, 2014, steel, resin, fiberglass, stone powder, 35 1/2 × 82 3/4 × 23 3/4".

Viewers already familiar with the work of Carlos Irijalba might have been surprised that his latest show consisted almost solely of sculpture, given that, over the years, he has built a strong reputation with his videos and photographs. However, sculpture is by no means new to him. He studied in Bilbao, where some of his teachers were the chieftains of the so-called Basque school of sculpture, a rather dogmatic group. Perhaps in response to their doctrinaire attitude toward the medium, he veered toward photography, with a particular interest in the ways in which representations of reality are unavoidably obstructed by its ubiquitous contemporary counterpart: spectacle. In making this ostensible obstruction visible, he revealed his oeuvre’s core to be blatantly physical, though the work itself is only very rarely three-dimensional. Most eloquently, in a work called Twilight, 2009,

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