by David Rodriguez
This is a highly deliberate strategy on the part of Picker, as once we fall into this rabbit hole of doubt about what we are actually looking at, the deeper and more unsettling challenges of the subject itself begin to emerge.
These are not optimistic scenarios.
Notice that his slight smile, derived perhaps from his sense that he is in control by gripping the steering wheel, will perhaps disappear when he realizes that the steering wheel is disconnected from the steering column, itself disconnected from any true control of his vehicle. In other paintings, such as In formación, the face is clearly perturbed and in a state of some anxiety.
In this case, the title is a complex pun, as in English ‘information’ can be separated into another meaning, ‘in formation’.In Spanish, however, ‘information’ is indeed ‘información’, but ‘in formation’ would be spelled as ‘en formación’, the change in the first letter from ‘I’ to ‘e’ being the critical element in the fractured pun.That small letter is as small as is the little man in the larger scheme of things, but perhaps larger truths or lies are always composed of tiny, undetectable details, surely too small to matter.In considering the biography of Picker, one is struck by his residence in so many geographies, some quite distant from others, and some long-term in duration. From his native Chile, he has traveled and lived in Rome, Boston, and Barcelona among many other destinations.
His decision to ultimately move back to his home country means that he sought to restore both a sense of home and strong roots, a secure foundation, but one based on the perspective of long and wide travels that were truly global and international in their scope. In other words, he now sees the planet as a vast, encompassing totality, from the relative pinpoint of his native land.In his own personhood and biography, he is both one and multiple, a single body that encompasses the understanding of many others, of a universal collective. The specificity of gender in the little man confesses the limits of this enlightened position, as it explicitly leaves out the condition and motivations of half the world. This other half will need to read its own place defined here as the Other of the world, and imagine its configuration into Picker’s view of things.