Yoan CapoteIsla (pertenencia), 2010
Oil, nails, hooks and José Busto’s blood on canvas and plywood, 75 x 120 cm.
[…] Might at first be though that the painting Isla (2007) it setting itself the task –a task that is already changeling enough for Cuban contemporary art– of defining oneself through the sea. However, despite the fact that Yoan Capote includes it in a major series of works he has labeled “hook paintings,” here again, the accent is not primarily on genre. By its antagonistic nature –at once alluring and painful– the hook made reference to the human condition. Therefore it would also be interesting to approach this piece with that “different gaze”: to be aware of the manifold traps (psychological, economic, political, social) that underlie the manifold island of contemporary life […]. 1
[…] Isla (pertenencia), a brutal, turbulent sea, a sea of hooks, that seems to be bleeding, an empty sea, foamy and abrupt… it is definitely an unquiet and spiny (literally speaking) masterpiece […]. 2
1. Yuneikys Villalonga, “Yoan Capote: Looking with Different Eyes,” in Estates of Exchange /Artists from Cuba, Institute of International Visual Arts (London: Iniva, 2008), 55.
2. Hamlet Fernández, “Avistamientos al arte contemporáneo: La pasión de José Busto,” Arte por Excelencia, no. 14, 2012.