Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea

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     Anthony Goicolea (American, born 1971) has an ability to move with ease between traditional media, such as painting and drawing, to video and digitally manipulated photography, which has put him at the forefront of contemporary art. Drawing upon current events, art history, religion, myths, fairy tales, science fiction, and dreams, he creates complex works that are simultaneously enigmatic, seductive, ambiguous, humorous, unsettling, and provocative. 
     Goicolea’s overtly manipulated photographs present mysterious scenes open to numerous interpretations. Like a theatrical stage set, his photographs and videos depict a fantastic world completely fabricated by the artist. He draws from a vast archive of pictures to create elaborate digital compositions that collage and meld disparate images. His manipulated photographs are technical tour de forces, so seamless and flawless that it is impossible to discern fiction from reality.
     Constantly reinventing himself, as well as his surroundings, Goicolea is interested in how one portrays oneself and others, and how those constructions can shape or interpret one’s identity. His elaborately crafted images are nostalgic, narcissistic, darkly humorous, and often provocative—upending the viewer’s expectations.  His is a fantastic world that examines the essence of human experience and what it means to be an individual in a complicated and constantly shifting reality.

Published to coincide with the exhibition, Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea, organized by North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, and the Telfair Museums, Savannah, in collaboration with 21c Museum, Louisville.  This catalogue features full-page color photographs of Goicolea’s work as well as an artist’s biography and essays by the exhibition curators, Linda Johnson Dougherty, Chief Curator, North Carolina Museum of Art, and Holly Koons McCullough, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Telfair Museums.


Hard cover, 123 pages
NCMA Publications
12.4" x 10.3" x 0.75"

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