Lina Condes: Dwellings of Eternity
Exhibition Date: April 11-27 2019
Crossing Art is pleased to announce: Lina Condes: Dwellings of Eternity, the debut solo exhibition in New York for Condes. The show features her Bachelor in Miami and Three Thousand Years series. These works employ familiar objects to convey universal messages about our contemporary culture. Dwellings of Eternity suggests the perennial preoccupations of humans addressed in these artworks.
Lina artworks are often meant to confront the viewer. In her Bachelor in Miami series, Lina uses the ubiquitous stick figure as a platform. She is interested in the basic humanity of stick figures; they can represent every person, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, etc. The heads serve to display interests and preoccupations of our contemporary society. From food to major brands she wants to examine how these ideas can represent us. Food is so closely tied to our humanity and the food a culture prefers can highlight many underpinnings of that culture.The brands referenced in these artworks are another form of consumption; instead of sustaining us, we sustain the companies.
The series Three Thousand Years showcases a firing technique used by the artist to create the imprint of objects. Lina selected these objects to represent what she believes are the basic elements of humanity. Like the stick figure, the outlines are meant to reflect some universal experiences. The chosen items might be the most modern manifestation of these elements, but from violence and sexuality to communication and music, these objects display the essence of humanity. Dwellings of Eternity combines these two series in order to create a dialogue. These sculptures seek to define humans through what they consume and what tools they use. It is through these decisions that we can find our desires in their most basic of terms.