“Art is either plagiarism or revolution” - Marcel Duchamp -
Repetition, circularity and loop. Gabriel Pericás’ .gifs are not intended to be works of art but tests; a strategy to reflect upon the value of images and their power of circulation. Originally conceived as experimentations, the six animated images that Pericás has donated to the PIL gallery can function as elements of a series, yet maintain a certain degree of independence. The lack of a both starting and ending point, i.e. the manifestation of a closed circuit, is their common denominator, whilst the narrative of each single piece is entirely self-determining. According to Pericás himself, the repetitive element and, more broadly, the concept of repetition, is something intrinsic in many of his works, where the latter operates like the English term ‘conviction’; both (1) the verdict by virtue of which someone is considered guilty: there is no escape and (2) a strong belief that fuels enthusiasm. This definition mirrors the sense of disturbance, endless expectance and frustration that complement these .gifs, as the user/consumer is deliberately challenged to take part in a game of balance between attentiveness and responsiveness, culminating in a failure. The sole purpose of their existence is, in fact, an attempt to foster the act of sharing and the going viral of images on the web, which in this instance Pericás has considered to be vain, because nobody has ever used them.
Miriam La Rosa