This is a selection of works that belong to Second Circle, except Disillusion, Meccano and QUIZ. To see these works just follow their links on the menu above.
1 board; 99 cards with questions; 1 dice; 2 notebooks; 2 pencils; 1 red marker; 1 blue marker. Size of the board: 50 x 50 cm, (2012)
Board game of questions and answers for two players. The game does not consist of providing the correct answer but of guessing the response of your opponent. Therefore, the player who can emphasise more with his opponent is the winner.
Puzzle The Lover
34 x 48 cm, (2012)
Apparently, it is a regular jigsaw puzzle that depicts the image of Arcane VI of Tarot, The Lover. However, something happens during the play that prevents its completion.
When in the shape of a square: 120 x 120 cm, (2012)
The Tangram is a very old Chinese game that consists of forming silhouettes of figures with the seven pieces provided. According to the rules, all the pieces must be used without placing one on top of the other. Unlike traditional Western puzzles, made up of hundreds or even thousands of pieces, and for which there is only one correct solution, with a very small number of elements, the Tangram allows for an infinite number of configurations, each one of which poses a different problem to resolve.
1 drum; 90 altered balls; 1 board. Size of the drum: 50 cm diameter, (2012)
This looks like the normal bingo but all the balls bear the number 6. Only two balls are different. One bears the number 12 and the other the number 0. Each visitor has the right to take one ball. Of course, the one who gets number 12 or 0 wins. When both numbers have come out, all the balls are placed inside the drum and the game commences from the beginning.
SS (Seth Siegelaub)
35 x 75 x 2 cm, rubber (2002)
The text is a quotation from Seth Siegelaub’s answer in an interview, exposing the reasons why he abandoned art practice: “I abandoned the art world because of personal reasons. Simply, because my interests had evolved. I did not wish to “make a career” in the art world, nor in any other, at all. Had I continued, I would have had to become “serious”, and I always lose interest in any project that becomes too “serious”.
100 x 105 x 250 cm, polyester and photo print (2004)
This work is a three dimensional trompe-l’oeil. Only from a certain point of view (which varies depending on the spectator) it is possible to see two huge letters “S”, thanks to an optical trick that gives continuation to the perspective of the actual half-letters into their own image in the photo print.
100 x 175 x 350 cm, mirror, tar and polystyrene (2004)
This work is also a three dimensional trompe-l’oeil. The pieces are displayed so that their reflection in the mirror completes a circle. Half ring is thus actual and the other half is virtual, which is a circumstance that happens again in the half piece that is in contact with the mirror. In 6+6, the same thing that unites the two halves (the mirror) is the very same thing that separates them. The pieces are the negative of the Illusions with which to play in my art project-game Disillusion. The half piece in contact with the mirror corresponds to the Illusion called Love.
12 / 0
214 x 307 x 1 cm, rubber (2002)
12 / 0 follows a recursive structure: from far a huge number 12 is seen on the wall. As we get closer, we see that the 12 is made of a number of 0’s. And if we get even closer, we will see that each 0 actually contains again 12 dice saying 12.
175 x 630 cm, tar and cardboard (2004)
These forms (figures without background) are extracted from the Illusions with which to play in my art project-game Disillusion.
Message in a Bottle
Video installation (2005)
Total duration: 240′, looped. The four hours of video projection are empty except for a single picture that lasts 1 frame, the minimum duration in video. Nobody knows when that picture comes, making a matter of chance to encounter that image. If the spectator happened to see it, that would mean the beginning of the game, rather than the end of it.
16 x 28 x 22 cm, iron wire (2002)
Four cages embedded one into the next one and connected by a total of (more than) 500 meters of wire. The piece fits into your hands and is extremely light and strong.
3 x 298 x 46 cm, found objects (2002)
This work is formed by three dice boards, only that the usual green material has been replaced by a white one. The first board contains a number of blank dice; the second one contains a number of blank playing cards; and the third one contains a Russian doll, the smallest one, open, empty and also white.
7 x 7 x 7 cm each cube, 17 cubes. Paraffin (2001)
12 Tales Machine
130 x 36 x 50 cm, metal, cardboard and photo prints (2001)
Each numbered box contains a reel with pictures that can be set in motion when placed in the upper visual machine. What the spectator sees is always somebody doing exactly as s/he is doing, this is, turning the handle of 12 Tales Machine and watching the pictures in motion. Each reel shows a different person, except #7, which shows a different picture.
53 x 125 x 50 cm, found objects (1999)
This was the very first piece of my life-art project Four Circles and therefore the very first piece of Second Circle. Hence the big “A”, from Adieu. It is dedicated to the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, who abandoned poetry approximately at the same age when I started my art practice as such.
Project of Self-portrait
205 x 40 x 40 cm, perspex and photo prints (work-in-progress)
Around the transparent tube there are eleven papers displayed following a descendant spiral. Each paper says a year, with an interval of seven years between them. Every seven years I take a photo of myself and I use it to replace the corresponding paper in the spiral. The rule is that, in each new picture, I must appear holding the previous one, creating by so doing a sort of mise-en-abîme with a delay of seven years between frames. So far, there are two pictures, from 1998 and 2005; the next picture is thus due to be taken in 2012. Project of Self-portrait will stop when I complete the spiral (in 2068) or when I die.
Work-in-progress (first version, 2005). Pencil on wall.
40 x 32 cm approx
50 x 37 cm, ready made (work-in-progress)
All data is true and it is a selection of items. Reviewed CV is updated every four-five years. This is the 2010 edition.
Reviewed CV also exists as a performative piece, in which I invite other artists to write their own “Reviewed CV” and read it out loud in public, following a sort of stand-up comedian fashion. In this case, I invited NYC-based artist Trong Gia Nguyen, and it took place in ISCP New York, on 30th March 2011.
Many other works have been left out this selection. For further documentation, you can check Second Circle’s Proposals.