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Label: alfonso batalla

Monday 03rd September 2012A Dolphin for Damien

 
Anyone that is familiar with Damien Hirst's work, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, is bound to crack a smile when they see the work of Spanish artist, Alfonso Batalla. 
 
In Batalla's own work, A Dolphin for Damien, he mimics Hirst's famous work of a shark in a tank of formaldehyde, only with a Jeff-Coons-style inflatable dolphin, in a similarly light and desolate tank environment. 
 
While we might get a tingle of humour from the piece, the artist did not necessarily intend for the work to be humorous. The artwork is part of a larger series entitled Landscape Under Construction, where the artist fills empty and abandoned spaces, with bright and recognisable objects from everyday life. The resulting photographs os the scenes exhibit a sense of familiarity in a location of isolated neglect. 
 
The artist was quoted on Design Boom, describing the philosophy of the work; "the dolphin is just one of the many actors of my 'landscape under construction' series. in this work a new, ordinary, 
shiny element many times related to our childhood is digitally inserted in a powerful decaying architectural environment. 
this has something to do with hegel/heideger philosophical concepts. in a simple explication we, human beings, 
live usually in a 'being there' status. we are happy, or sad, with our jobs, properties, family...from time to time we feel a kind of distress, 
anguish, and we start to realize what we are. we might call this condition 'being oneself."

Posted on September 03rd 2012 on 02:12pm
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