The Language Of Comics
Francesc Ruiz is a Spanish artist that uses the language of comics to bring to light, the ephemeral and illusionary nature of contemporary society, epitomized by the magazines that we look at, catering to every whim we might have and in most cases, fantasies of the kind of life we can only dream of, as we gaze at the celebrities in them.
However these comics are used as a language and not an end in itself, as there is always an element of absurdity, something that is introduced emthat breaks with the traditional comic strip story arc, leading the viewer to conclude that his comics are actually not comics at all.
He also uses these comic-based stories to delve into the lifestyles involved in various homo fantastic subcultures, retaining a certain female twist to allow himself to be distanced from it and for greater imagination.
In Kiosk (2010) Ruiz created a traditional newsstand, stocked full of magazines and other paraphernalia like lottery tickets, that people buy, except these items upon closer inspection, are fake, with covers designed by Ruiz himself in cartoon style, a commentary on illusion and reality. And to drive the point further, even the cartoons on the cover are sometimes blurred, leaving no doubt as to the illusory nature of the exhibit.