Goicolea makes photographs and videos of adolescents acting out societal taboos and darkly humorous scenarios in hyper-realistic tableaux. In Classroom, the artist portrays two very anxious students who have a hard time sitting still. One tugs nervously at his hair until he pulls handfuls out. The other constructs a set of chalk fingernail extensions that allow him to completely cover a chalkboard in one explosive burst of drawing. As the videos end, these two troubled youths fidget with embarrassment, contemplating the results of their behavior. While nervousness is familiar to anyone who was a student at test taking time, their ways of coping with the stress are humorously absurd and not to be emulated.
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