In Mountain a phrase quoted from a book about structural engineering is challenged by the material instability of the structure supporting it. The structure goes as high as its individual elements allow it to go before risking collapse. While the phrase on top of the sticks construction is a rational statement –The process of falling to bits reveals key facts of construction- the distortion of the text in the shadow it produces, the fragility of the structure supporting it, and the movement inflicted on it by the viewers as they walk around it trying to read the text, create a sense of corporal unbalance that modifies that rational judgment, as the shadow becomes an ominous anticipation of the collapse the phrase warns about.
Mountain sparked my attention in the materiality of texts, and in the performative aspect of reading a text in space, an interest that I pursued later on in Footnote.
Mountain (The moment of falling to bits reveals key facts of construction)
Construction made out of 1400 2 mm x 2mm pine spruce strips, light projection.
Variable dimensions, approx. 180 x 150 x 200 cm
Edition of 2 (English – Spanish)
MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) collection (Spanish version)