Rico found these flags on the street, abandoned and dirty. The faded glory of the flags which at some point represented celebration made the artist question the way an object interacts with it´s surrounding. Gabriel Rico´s work takes a critical stance towards everyday consumption and the contradiction between object and material. From the very start these flags had been produced to have a short life only to be left when the party was over. Gabriel Rico redefines the purpose and esthetic significance of the flags and instead of being a symbol of festivities it becomes a melancholic art work which reflects upon oblivion with the string of flags forming an ambiguous smile.
About Gabriel Rico
Mexican, b. 1980, Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, based in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico