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The Anthony Goicolea Few Know,
This review is from: Drawings (Hardcover)
Anthony Goicolea is very well established as an important and controversial photographic artist, but this superb volume offers a different aspect of this extraordinary artist's gifts, DRAWINGS. Not only is it exciting to discover that Goicolea is a skilled draughtsman and given knowledge of that quality it is not surprising that the aspects of his puzzling, fascinating, disturbing and comedic photographic imagery of his now highly collected and prized photographs find a firm brotherhood with his drawings.
Goicolea has discovered how to illustrate those moments in our dreams when the real world cannot clearly be separated from the fantasy brewed by somnolent moments, whether those images occur during the shadowy world of night or the quasi-blurred atmosphere of daydreaming. His use of disparate materials in his drawings add a new dimension to the end result: the line drawings are on mylar and are separated by layers of superimposed planes of semi-opaque velum paper and Plexiglas - as though each of the strange stories he is sharing with us is coming from a world we've never visited. What appears to be one story on the surface metamorphoses into a different stance or version of the top image not unlike looking down at a still pool of water complete with reflections and hints at moving mysteries warped by the vagaries of water depths and ripples.
His subject matter continues to explore a cast of androgynous figures: these could be all males in roles that usually would occupy some evidence of the feminine, they involve interaction between human and animal, and they seem to be staging an enigmatic story that at first seems grotesque but slowly becomes simply fascinating.
These drawings are all form his earlier works. His later drawings have become huge almost mural sized depictions of matrimony, hunts, complex association of figures attempting strange rituals. Even though we can hope Goicolea never stops creating his monumentally staged photographic diversions, it is immensely gratifying to see he is such a fine artist away from the camera, too. Grady Harp, October 10