Talking to Ivan Puig

Question: Tell me about “Up to the nose”

HASTA LAS NARICES (Up to the nose ) 2004 consists of three sculptural pieces. Many metaphorical images can be found. Its origin is related to exasperating situations and their true proportions.

The format resembles that of a comic book. As the viewer walks  trough the installations a zoom out can be appreciated. This discursive system gives  the third room a special importance, since it is there were the whole piece is synthesized and dimensioned.
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The first room is a striking image. It´s hard to believe that you are seeing just what is left of a sank VW Beetle inside a gallery. While the walls, the car and the water, all in white, give you a non-tangible limbo sensation, the static water without a single ripple on it makes the spectator wonder about what he is standing in front of.
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Entering the second room makes you part of it, suddenly the spectator feels submerged   ¨up to the nose¨ along with the protagonist. The room walls are painted 5 feet high with  light blue to demonstrate a water tank in wich a  life size self portrait figure of the author seems to be floating, with the water line just below his nose.
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Upon  reaching the third room, one finds the piece that  gives the exhibit a real proportion, a nine-inch  glass containing a scale VW beetle and a drowned little man in white water, placed on a table sitting in a room inside a gallery located in the downtown of a city  in a country of a planet.

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