The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
Using cultural conflicts that are revealed in the definition of collective and individual identity as both process and material, my methods of making serve as a way of creating place, community, collective voice and individual memory. My site-specific interventions aesthetically respond to the social, political and cultural history of their sites, gathering materials, people, actions, objects, information, and geography to reconstruct "the landscape" generated by its inherent conflicts, questioning the strategies of power imposed upon them.
Whether intervening with disco lights at an abandoned expressway construction site, planting a geopolitical community garden, or performing an opera in the Mexican desert, the origin of my artistic practice extends from an obsessive need to question the world, projecting from personal experience. My intention is to push cultural conflicts, both latent and acknowledged, to liminal extremes, extracting sensorial capacities in an appeal for comprehension.
In an established global world in which cultural identity is being domesticated, standardized, and used as marketing and political currency, how can we make visible the hidden forces that alter our social ecosystems? How can art be used in the recuperation and generation of accessible knowledge? These concerns have compelled my work to collaborative processes with specific social groups, to investigate their physical and symbolic landscapes, to then articulate aesthetic experiences that reflect questionable ideas of our Western reality.