One of Kaws's pieces from the collection 'Companion'
What: ‘Final Days’, five sculptures from the collection ‘Companion’, produced by Kaws.
Where: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC Málaga, calle Alemania).
When: Until the 22nd of June. Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-8pm
Even when our once-prized playthings are mere memories in faded photos, some of us never really grow up.
American artist, Kaws, did grow up to an extent, however he has retained a childish element in his day-to-day life through his artwork.
Starting out by reproducing small, plastic figurines, he moved on a few years later to bigger projects, crafting larger sculptures from wood and bronze, some weighing up to ten tonnes.
The artwork itself is impressive but even more so is the way in which the artist explains the significance of his work and downplays its magnitude.
“For me, size is immaterial. Just as a 30-centimetre object is still an object, so is a seven-metre object,” said Kaws, standing beside one of his works which, as of last Friday, are currently being shown in CAC.
“It’s funny to think that when I work on a larger scale with materials like wood or bronze, my pieces are called ‘sculptures’, but if I do the same on a small scale with plastic, the work is referred to as a toy.”
This is what prompted Kaws to create the ‘Final Days’ collection, which aims to examine the fabricated boundary between ‘toy’ and ‘art’. Closing the gap between street art and museum work is also an important theme in this exhibition, and the CAC Málaga, one of the places promoting this fresh new art movement, is the first in Spain to exhibit a Kaws project.
The assembling of the largest ‘toy’ took two whole days of work (something which many parents will be able to empathise with) and required an 18-metre truck for transportation.
The five-tonne head had to be installed via a very small entrance and with one of the sculptures weighing ten tonnes, ten new pillars had to be put in place to support the ground floor and prevent it from caving in.
Kaws has stated that he wants the public to interact with his work, and that it is there to be “reflected upon” but also to be “enjoyed” - as children do with their toys.
Kaws’s work is on display now in the CACMálaga, showing five sculptures from the ‘Companion’ collection.