Dissections is composed of five individual stretched canvases that have been painted, cut, and juxtaposed by Cristina Camacho. Through a dual method of construction and deconstruction, Camacho created a work that straddles painting and sculpture, depending on how you look at it: the front window presents a complex, but coherent image in the vein of geometric abstraction, while the side window reveals a cross-section of the structure, exposing the interaction of the individual layers as a kind of kaleidoscope of shifting colors and shadows. Camacho's creative process begins with a vague idea of a person, place, or thing. From the first cut of canvas, she is in conversation with the work, until she reveals what has always existed somewhere outside of herself, and within the material. For Dissections, she began with the notion of an exotic creature from the imagined site of Weem, hidden in an untouched portion of the Amazon Rainforest. Like a scientist examining a specimen, she dissected the five layers until she recognized this mysterious creature.
Dissections was curated by Ash Duhrkoop, Curatorial Fellow for Art-in-Buildings. The West 10th Street Window is sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Program. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.Download Press Release