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Patricia Iglesias, On the Absent

Fake Estate
526 West 26th Street, No. 502A, 917-412-3516
March 7 - April 12, 2008
Reception: Friday, March 7, 6 - 8 PM
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With On the Absent, Iglesias reworks a series of found architectural drawings from the Caledonian Hospital in Brooklyn. Engaging, interrupting, erasing, obscuring and mimicking the architect’s original drawings (at times making it difficult to distinguish the architect’s line from her own), Iglesias’ free-form abstraction confronts the rationality of the grid. The drawings are on mylar, browned with age, a skin-like surface on which Iglesias experiments with a variety of mediums. Her signature blobs, explosions of color, marks, and abstract characters seem to inhabit the physical space of the hospital floors, creating a tension between soft and hard, ethereal and monumental. Iglesias’ visual vocabulary begins to emulate affliction or disease within the context of the hospital. Each piece has its own personality, some are tumultuous, some are peaceful, some are rigid, some are explosive, some are sparse, some are overflowing. Together they create a complex symphony that parallels the complexity of grief and malaise.
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