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The Empire State Essays is an animation video series which represents two opposite ideas of New York.
On the one hand, it’s the idealized New York, a trompe l'oeil product that has been presented and propagated (sometimes like a backdrop and other times like main protagonist) through mass media, such as movies, TV, music and the literature.
On the other hand, there are scenes taken from daily life, based on experiences in the Big Apple. They show a very personal and intimate daily routine, mostly lonesome, repressed and frustrating, that both contradict and complete the first idea, the one of a shinning New York, full of glamour and opportunities.
As known, New York is the “Empire State” of the US, and it plays a predominant role in the rest of the world. The Empire State’s repercussions vary from the expansion of English as first language throughout the world, to a cityscape made out of mountainous quantities of accumulated garbage and the social and ethic pressures.
This series follow propagandistic mechanisms. Extremely aesthetic, the essays contain tense messages that contradict their apparent beauty and innocence. They give to the viewer a chance to review a routine that tends to be overlooked due to its repetitive nature, which can be both beautiful and horrifying.
Anton Cabaleiro (Spain, 1977) is a visual artist who currently lives in New York City.He received his undergraduate Fine Arts Degree from the University of Vigo, Spain (2002), his MFA in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City (2008), his PhD in Art, Design and Technology at the Complutense University in Madrid and his Master in Landscape Design in Columbia University.Cabaleiro's video works explore personal imagery based on the hybridization of different digital techniques. Conceptually, his work focuses on everyday life and the effects of technology and media on the conventional behaviors of the socialized contemporary individual.
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He has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Past exhibitions include: Bronx Museum of the Arts, Armory Show, King Juan Carlos Center at New York University, Gabarron Foundation, New York, MAD (Museum of Art and Design) New York, Under the Bridge Festival, Dumbo, Brooklyn, MARCO (Museum of Contemporary Art) Vigo, Spain; the CAAC (Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art) Sevilla, Spain; ARCO (International Fair of Contemporary Art) Madrid; The Cervantes Institute Beijing, China and Lisbon, Portugal; Marisa Marimon Gallery, Ourense; Marlborough Gallery, Madrid; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Loop International Fair of Video, Barcelona; and the Visual Arts Gallery, New York.