There is no authority without Prestige even once it’s sunk. Ten years after The Prestige polluted more than 1000 beaches, Isaac Cordal (Spain, 1974) presents new works and a full look at his project, ‘Cement Eclipses: Small Interventions in the Big City.’ In the front hall, Isaac has created a new work for the gallery that transforms the effect that austerity measures are having on families and communities across the EU into a waking discussion. For each 1% rise in the unemployment rate, there is a 0.8% rise in suicides; homelessness is rising quickly across the continent yet there are no published European statistics to date (www.feantsa.org).
Cement Eclipses (2006 – to Present) – Cement Eclipses – Small Interventions in the Big City is an ongoing research project that deals with space, scale and social phenomena through sculpture, photography and ephemeral installations. In addition to the cement sculptures, Isaac also employs other material like common colanders and city lights. Cement refers to more than material, and had a role in the project’s original interest and aims. In 2007, 54.2 tons of cement was purchased for use inSpain. Much of it went untouched as the real estate boom devastated the country’s seaboard, traveled inland and contributed to the daily rise of unemployment and poverty wounding the nation. Eclipses, refers to nature, balance and the feeling of being overwhelmed by scale or speculation.