THE MYSTERIOUS GARDEN
29.04.16 - 26.05.16
Among other hobbies Carlos Cons collects fetishes and images. He has compiled over his mysterious trips. Some places in his living room others in his psyche. Most end up generously reflected in his artwork.
Arranged on the flat surface of the picture or in the corporeality of the installations, these objects that popular culture attributed supernatural powers, these strange ornamental little horrors transpose certain thresholds and refer viewers to a mysterious past in sepia tones . The work circulated by certain ancient routes that seemed erased by forgetfulness. The art, fortunately is still a collection of rituals. In his strange gait artist Cons has run and again with the Valley of the Dead. The effect is evident.
I guess (I dare not ask) that this desire ceremonial link with a past in sepia tones this appropriation of ancestors would aim at creating new mythologies for times of disaster and oblivion.
This nostalgia for ancient times and dark and a technique that records storylines in a kind of log including inks and collage,begins to acquire in the version of myth, certificates of authenticity, just when we thought the legends were a History builders accounts closed.
Try to put it another way: Cons is what happens to Mexican art (and exhibitionism identity) when the territory is confronted with nightmares of her exotic sweet modernity.
Carlos Cons born in Mexico City on June 9, 1975. He studied at the National Center of Arts and the National School of Anthropology and History of Mexico. He was awarded several times for residencies fellowships in Vermont Studio Center (USA), Sacatar Foundation (Brazil) Valparaiso Foundation (Spain) and Fundación Rodríguez-Amat (Spain). The National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) awarded him with a fellowship in two diferent times.
He has had solo show´s in Denmark, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, United States and Ireland. He is one of the founders of music and visual collective “Thunder King” has participated in festivals like Cellebrate Mexico Now in New York, the night of the theaters at Casa de America in Madrid, the International Festival Ollin Khan in Mexico and has presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, the Museum of Mexico City, the Cultural Center of Spain and Plaza Condesa. He is the producer and director of the documentary "Thunder King, the man who is wind, which is Raven and is meteorite" He was professor of visual experimentation in the arts and crafts factory FARO and film school Art 7. His work has been reviewed in newspapers and media as Kunst magazinet, La Jornada, El Universal, Channel 22 and TV-UNAM, El Pais and La Vanguardia, Canal Sur TV, Diario de Sevilla. He currently works as an assistant at the murals and exhibitions of artist Dr. Lakra.