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Johanna Unzueta

Jane Kim / Thrust Projects
114 Bowery #301, Between Grand and Hester, 212-431-4802
East Village / Lower East Side
January 14 - February 17, 2007
Reception: Sunday, January 14, 6 - 9 PM
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The careful handiwork of Johanna Unzueta’s felt “industrial sculptures” of factories, mills, cooling towers, and houses remind the viewer of the `work of hands’ that underlies any grand modern accomplishment. The games of scale affected by the play between her site-specific awnings and miniature buildings make the imposing and impersonal intimate and accessible. In conjuring up the human history of labor, her nostalgic sculptures of abandoned Industrial Revolution-era buildings give a revised retelling of the story of technological advancement in which time as a constant force that both buries and popularizes these architectural “monuments.”

Unzueta’s butterfly nets refer obliquely to the amusements of the upper class, they are observations of a former era, and counterpoints to the “industrial sculptures.” The distance between these extremes becomes formal, thematic, and poetical. Johanna Unzueta is not immune to the abstract idea of class struggle, but rather engages it in a human way.
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