Die Puppe, 1934
Antonio Gonzales Paucar's “Shoes that Break the Silence”
Unlike your favourite William Golding novel, this installation is not a depiction of savagery, but an imaginative portrayal of existence.
The art world has seen many strange and unconventional mediums, such as human hair, urine, blood, and possibly anything else you could fathom. But Antonio Paucar’s tethered flies show the painstaking dedication that artists have for their work. In suspending dead flies from nylon string and delicately suspending them in some cryptic pattern, the vague representation of beiCanadian author Timothy Findley spoke once of a ‘crown of flies’ that forms around a dying or deceased creature. The ‘crown of flies’ creates a buzzing halo which immediately sticks out in our minds as an indicate of expiration and regeneration. This crown, in passing, creates a changed interpretation of life, where instead of seeing the living, we see a mere outline of what the living once was being.
The flies do not necessarily remain to represent a loss, but a depiction of life. Paucar’s installations give the viewer a sense of a lingering outline similar to a photographic negative or crime scene chalk in the road. The flies bring that notion of a missing object, but also that of an indication of life. The suspended flies hang in a cursory likeness of a person, acting as evidence of existence. The aesthetic found in the normally unsightly incident of death is brought to a different light in these installations-2009. Antonio born 1973 in Peru; Lives & works in Berlin.
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