12 х 140 in. cm.
This commanding work is over 11 1/2 feet wide, giving a panoramic view of clandestine meeting of boys at a swimming hole. In keeping with his photographic exploration of identity and sexuality, as seen through an adolescent eye, Anthony Goicolea’s ‘Water Series’ uses multiple self-portraits that cast Goicolea as a group of young boys dressed in school uniforms. Opposed to his other schoolboy focused series’, such as ‘Detention’, images from ‘Water Series’ do not rely on the juxtaposition of actions and institutional settings to establish an unsettling sense of rebellion and danger. Rather, Goicolea immerses his characters in underwater environments that simultaneously evoke buoyancy and peril. In ‘Night Swimming’, a group of fully clothed boys is submerged in the murky water. Snarled yet floating, the boys become an anonymous blur of black and white figures, making it difficult to discern this as realm of peace or struggle, freedom or oppression. Walking the line between fantasy and reality, Goicolea institutes a tension that mimics the conflicting emotions, actions, and impulses of adolescence.
Best known for his elaborately staged photographs and videos featuring the artist in a variety of faces, poses, and settings, Anthony Goicolea (b.1971) questions social norms through tableaus of carousing and mischief. In a similar fashion as Cindy Sherman, Goicolea addresses issues of personal and cultural identity, homosexuality, child sexuality, and feelings of alienation by placing himself within the bodies of adolescent boys, arranged in dense fairy-tale landscapes or institutional locations, to foster an equal sense of reality and discomfort. Born in Atlanta, GA of Cuban decent, Goicolea studied painting, photography, sculpture, and art history at the University of Georgia, earning his BA in 1992 and BFA in 1994. He received his MFA in sculpture with a minor in photography in 1996 from the Pratt Institute in New York. The recipient of the 1997 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Goicolea has been recently honored with the 2005 BMW Photo Paris Award and the 2006 Cintas Fellowship. Recently, his work has been exhibited in solo shows at Galería SENDA, Barcelona, Spain (2012); Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY (2011); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC (2011); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (2010); Aurel Scheibler / ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany (2010); Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2010); Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO (2009); and Haunch of Venison, London, England (2008).
Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain
The Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands