The indoor/outdoor sculpture "You Again? Feeling Revenge...", is similar to ruins, fragments from hypothetical architectures. The artist invites us to imagine the architecture, the facade from which the piece has been removed.
A sentence is written on both extracted fragments:“The Words We Won’t Say”, referring to the intrinsic value of the ruin caused by the time passing by, but also by man’s action. It is about giving a new life to these imaginary architectures: here the sculptures are mini-monuments dedicated to the flow of time and the eternal loss of it, dedicated to the words we won’t say, invisible witnesses of an unknown space and time.
Argote associates raw concrete, a very resistant material typically used in modern construction with gold, a precious material that was already used in the sculptures of Egypt, ancient Greece or China.
The choice of these resistant materials with their different uses and origin highlights the strength of the blocks, whereas the words chosen by the artist outline the fragile state of the ruin.
About Ivan Argote
Ivan Argote is infamous for his bold interventions into public spaces and cheeky appropriations of art history. Perhaps best known for his graffiti on two Piet Mondrian works at the Centre Pompidou—protected by glass, thankfully—Argote has also staged performances in which he attempted to give coins to passengers on the Parisian Metro, followed strangers around the streets of New York, passionately licked a metal subway pole, and danced to a song by The Cure in front of a famous painting by Kasimir Malevich. “My works are reflections about the way we behave,” he says, “about how we understand our close environment, and about how this close environment is related with history, traditions, art, politics, and power.” The Colombia-born, Paris-based artist transfers his same brand of iconoclasm shrouded in light irreverence into the gallery—recent works include a photo series of equestrian statues with their riders removed and a flaccid, collapsed recreation of the Luxor Obelisk.
Colombian, b. 1983, Bogota, Colombia, based in Paris, France