Anthony Goicolea came into our Art + Commerce class tonight to speak about his work in photography, video, and drawing. Using a plethora of mediums, Anthony’s work is comprised of composited multiplicity self portrait photographs of himself performing various theatrics, heavily composited landscape images, images of landscapes and the figure, and various video and installation based work.
Anthony has created a world where boys rule and in this world he explores various questions concerning the transformation from boyhood into manhood. What is most striking about his work is that he seems to have created a whole thematic fantasy world that unravels and is explored in every medium in which he works. Anthony benefits from the fact that he looks much younger than he actually is when he makes his self portrait photographs. It is through this awkward transition of boy into man that he is able to create his own fairytale dreamworld.
He also brought short films he has made for designers Calvin Klein and Thom Brown. For Calvin Klein he built a giant box and stick mouse trap where one would pull the string – knock out the supporting stick – making the box slam down. This installation was coupled with a short film that played at Calvin Klein’s showroom. To watch the projected video, one had to duck under and into the trap to watch. The film made for Thom Brown shows a cult like group of boys, all in white, sheering sheep and catching octopus for their ink to make clothes.
Anthony’s work is incredibly inspiring and shines from the sheer amount of labor that he endours to produce such work. Check out his website: www.anthonygoicolea.com