Anthony Goicolea: Photographs, Videos, Drawings opens at ASU Art Museum
TEMPE, Ariz. - Social conventions of youth and gender are reflected in the theatrical, digitally manipulated photographs of Anthony Goicolea in a new exhibition at the ASU Art Museum March 5 - June 4. Anthony Goicolea: Photographs, Videos, Drawings opens with a public reception March 5, 7-9 p.m.
The exhibition of more than 30 works is drawn entirely from the collection of contemporary art collector Stéphane Janssen and spans Goicolea's vibrant career from 1995 to the present - from his first self-portrait to monumental photographs with many figures.
Goicolea's work conveys the exuberant and awkward experience of adolescence with images of young boys set in scenes such as a dorm room brawl or a camping trip bonfire. Most of the boys in these large-scale photographs are actually the 33-year-old Goicolea, digitally repeated throughout the compositions to represent each character.
"His settings are hyper-real to the point of being overdone and artificial in their details, color and skillful replication of familiar settings," says curator Heather Sealy Lineberry. "Goicolea's boy seems ageless, in a creepy science fiction kind of way." The artist has referred in his writings to scientific developments in cloning and fertility.
Goicolea was born in 1971 and grew up in a Cuban-American household in the suburbs of Marietta, Georgia. He earned a master of fine arts degree in sculpture and photography from Pratt Institute in New York in 1997, and has shown his work internationally in museums and galleries. He currently lives and works in New York City.
The ASU Art Museum, named "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona" by Art in America , is part of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10 th Street in Tempe and entry is free. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. Tuesdays during the academic year. For more information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit the museum online at http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu .