Un coup de dés
Madrid: Galería Soledad Lorenzo, 2008
220 X 275 mm, 40
Offset, perfect binding
Monographic catalogue of Ángel Marcos, featuring photographs taken by the artist in and around Las Vegas, comprising his Un coup de dés series.
"Euro Disney, the troubled theme park near Paris, was described by a disgruntled French critic as a cultural Chernobyl, though perhaps a cultural Stalingrad would be close to the truth: the battleground where the relentless advance of American popular culture was at last stopped and turned. I suspect that Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck no longer satisfy today's children, whose retinas flicker with the electronic phantoms of the arcade video games. Super Nintendo rules, and the Disney empire now merchandizes nostalgia" (Ballard). It is clear to us that Disneylandization which is now the most important of the urban development projects, a model for even contemporary artistic experiences, is the logic that prevails in Las Vegas now. Whilst the persuasive neon signs continue with their nasal cacophony, the tourists hooked on the show, live a dream that is, in reality, a nightmare in disguise. "Behind the city the only transition between the Strip and the Mojave desert is a dump covered with rusty beer cans" (Venturi)
Fernando Castro Flóres, quoting J. G. Ballard and Venturi/Izenour/Brown in the introductory essay.