The Queens Museum, United States
The Untitled: 1976
This project utilizes the location of the Queens Museum, former home of the United Nation General Assembly (1946-1950) as a site to analyze the correlation between ancient symbolism, modern art and political tensions stemming from the Vietnam War (1955 - 1975) . The project comprise of a triptych and an arch.
Composed of a column of construction paper dated to the year 1976. The faded borders of the paper create imagery that reference modernist sculptures and paintings of the 1960's and 70's. To the right of the color fields is a column of 9 plaster heads depicting the image of Artemis (goddess of the hunt) with cave-like holes/voids in the back of her head. To the far right is a single glass box that is fabricated in reference to the sculptures of the 1960's and 70's. It represent a vessel devoid of an object.
Arch is a work created by cutting directly into the wall of the gallery. It carries the imagery of a cathedral window or a gateway into a void. It is a solid space, void space and non-space. The left portion of the Arch is lightly pigmented with blue patina, a reference to the ocean and America's trans-Atlantic politics of the 1960's and 70's. As I conceived the work, events of the presidency of Gerald Ford (1974-1976), loss of the Vietnam War and the beginning of the presidency of Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) were in mind. Events of the period--namely American involvement in South Korea, Afghanistan, Vietnam, The Cold War and Panama Canal coupled with the Queens Museum's history--provided a charged context for a minimalist architectural intervention.