Thursday, August 30, 2012

William Cordovas

William Cordova, born and raised in Lima, Peru.

Ephemeral and mostly site specific monuments are an integral part of William Cordovas body of work. Mostly made of lumpen materials and discarded consumer goods, he is recycling these rejects of society, items classed as waste and destined to be forgotten, he is practicing a kind of cultural conservationism, through which he also preserves the often multi-layered semantics of these items on a symbolic level: ‘The use of found materials is not to erase, transform and make anew but to emphasize the content(s) already existing within that used or found material.’ (W.C.)
The installation Exile on Mainstreet refers only superficially to the Rolling Stones’ tenth studio album. Consisting of 49 LPs the work forms a labyrinth from the discarded music archive of an elite US school. The random order of the records undermines the selection processes to which such schools customarily subject their applicants. The photo on the cover of the Stones’ Exile on Mainstreet album – which comes from the book of photographs The Americans, Robert Frank’s sceptical view of American society in 1953 – introduces an additional level of meaning.

Source: ARNDT Gallery / Moma P.S.1

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