CAC canine chicken / CAC perro pollo

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

I haven’t shared with you my experience two weeks ago at Málaga’s Center for Contemporary Art (CAC). I enjoy visiting the museum and, along with their permanent exhibitions, I often enjoy the exhibits by featured artists. Not always. The current special exhibit features two artists.

The first, Joan Cornellà, is a Spanish cartoonist from Barcelona. His work tends to be dark and unsettling, and funny in a macabre sort of way — if you can handle it. That day, I couldn’t handle it. I was trying to be positive and the truths in his messages were too much for me.

Interestingly, I’m not bothered by the dark humor right now. Many of the images were extremely bloody. I didn’t linger on those and don’t have photos to share. I do find the first one below (after the splendid jacaranda) to be funny. The exhibit, his first to be presented in Europe, is called Dek Tau. I have no idea why. What do you think of the ones I’ve included? Would you hang any in your living room?


No os he contado mi experiencia hace dos semanas en el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) de Málaga. Disfruto visitando el museo y, junto con sus exposiciones permanentes, a menudo disfruto de las exhibiciones de artistas destacados. No siempre. La exhibición especial actual presenta a dos artistas.

El primero, Joan Cornellà, es un dibujante español de Barcelona. Su trabajo tiende a ser oscuro e inquietante, y divertido de una manera macabra, si puedes manejarlo. Ese día, no pude manejarlo. Estaba tratando de ser positivo y las verdades en sus mensajes eran demasiado para mí.

Curiosamente, no me molesta el humor negro en este momento. Muchas de las imágenes eran extremadamente sangrientas. No me detuve en eso y no tengo fotos para compartir. Encuentro que el primero a continuación (después de la espléndida jacaranda) es divertido. La exhibición, la primera que presenta en Europa, se llama Dek Tau. No tengo ni idea de porqué. ¿Qué opinas de los que he incluido? ¿Colgarías alguno en tu salón?

• New public art outside AC Hotel Marriott Málaga Palacio. I know nothing about it.
• Nuevo arte público en el exterior del AC Hotel Marriott Málaga Palacio. No sé nada de eso.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

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25 thoughts on “CAC canine chicken / CAC perro pollo”

  1. It was drizzling rain the morning we went there, looks better in the sunshine and flowers. There is a text message there I have been tempted to send a few times.

    1. David:
      I enjoy much of the permanent exhibit. It’s a good exhibit space, but the exterior could use some loving care. A paint job would completely transform it. Right now, it does nothing for the neighborhood. And certainly didn’t make me want to get inside the first time I was there. You’re right that the flowering trees help.

  2. This artist certainly has something to say……maybe attempting to ‘wake people up’ from their complacency?
    I would share these but not hang them in my home.
    Now to the Jacarandas……yes please!!

    1. Jim:
      My humor is back where it often is and I’m enjoying reviewing these. That day I was determined to look at the world through rose-colored glasses and the exhibit did NOT help. Still, the bloody, violet images would be too much for me any day, and having them presented with smiling dead-eyed cartoon faces was extremely unsettling. Oh, the jacarandas!

  3. I love the jacaranda. As for the artwork? I wouldn’t bring it into my home let alone hang it! It’s not the humor (mine is quite dark), it’s the creepy faces of the people. SHUDDER. If I want to see creepy, I’ll just smile into a mirror!

    1. Deedles:
      Those dead eyes are definitely creepy. There’s nothing creepy about you!

  4. I’m not the greatest fan of modern art (so wouldn’t hang any of these in my home), but I do enjoy dark humor. I found several of these quite amusing.

    1. Kelly:
      On my second look these weeks later, I do find them funny. That day, I just found them all so depressing… and so depressingly true.

    1. Jon:
      The jacarandas are spectacular. In San Barbara, our entire street was lined with huge, lush, healthy ones. Against the backdrop and shades of pink stucco and lots and lots of greenery, it was incredible.

  5. Didn’t float my boat. But the jacaranda made me feel all warm and fuzzy. In a few weeks, I’ll be watching for signs of buds around town…

    1. dinahmow:
      The hibiscus are now going nuts all around town. It’s a glorious time of year… if you’re lucky enough to experience it. Share photos of yours if you’re in the mood!

    1. Debra:
      Yeah, even that day, I did kind of like the fuck you mobile message.

  6. I’d like to think there’s some other criteria for art than whether “would I like to hang it in my house”. I mean, a home isn’t solely, or even primarily, a piece of art but a place to live. I do believe one (but hardly the only) purpose of art is to shock you out of your complacency. But complacency is kind of what makes a home a home. I’d rather nervously laugh at those works in a museum.

    1. Kirk:
      I didn’t intend for the question to be a determinant of whether or not it was art. I think it’s art. Like you, however, I think I’d rather smile at the snark in a museum. Or maybe at least not in my central living space.

  7. The art didn’t really do anything for me, but I do understand that everyone has different opinions about the meaning behind different pieces of art. I loved the photo with the purple flowering trees. I don’t know if I’ve seen anything quite like that in the USA.

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      These trees are jacarandas. Very common in Southern California. Our neighborhoods in Santa Barbara and Irvine were filled with them. They were spectacular, but the dropping flowers made a sticky mess of the pavement (and it was so worth it).

  8. What a beautiful post this was call me just know I love those purple trees. I somehow miss this post. For some reason your blog is not always update in my reader.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Damned readers. Mine is often out of order and I have to track back through it to see if any new posts have appeared earlier in the list.

    1. Urspo:
      So, now we’re discussing sexual proclivities? I’m not a fan of the master-slave dynamic.

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