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Pablo Garcia



This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Curated by Mary Lou Arscott

Artist Statement

In an exchange with its virtual self, one window multiplies to two. The line drawing on the wall is an illusion, made to appear in line with the real window when seen from the entry door. Its virtual makeup--lines drawn on the wall--projects back onto the original window with corresponding lines. For a brief moment, as you enter the room, the virtual window achieves equality with its original, as the original slips away from reality towards its illusory reflection. To create the illusion, centuries-old techniques of perspective and anamorphic projection drawing merged with new computational methods. The room was measured and input into modeling software. A false window was built and projected to a specific point: the entry doorway, 60 inches off the ground. A slice through the projected geometry at the side wall locates the image of the window aligned with the target vantage point. From this point, the illusion--a trompe l’oeil--renders the view of the false window in line with the existing room.


Gestures 16: Intimate Friction, March 30 - November 30, 2012
About The Artist

Pablo Garcia is an artist and architect of the conceptual investigation, seeing no media as too new or old to be passed through a prism. Garcia received his BA from Cornell University. He is currently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices.

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