An Army of Crystallized Thoughts, 2010, 4 min, colour, sound
Courtesy of the artist
The whole of César Pesquera’s work is a seductive syntax of elements from advertising, film and the visual arts. In addition, the sound is also an important element in his work. He normally composes the music himself and it often acts as a rhythmic backbone and emotional guide. This is the case of An Army Of Crystallized Thoughts, a short film made in collaboration with the ‘vintage’ fashion firm Antoinette, filmed in Manhattan and Brooklyn. A female character walks absent-mindedly through the streets of New York and on her way reveals strange telekinetic powers. The young woman’s timeless beauty matches the ambiguity of her actions, which mix the performative and the surreal, elements that bring to mind fashion advertisements with sidelong glances at time and space that have a dream- like quality about them.
Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’.
Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos.
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