We covered Mariana Castillo Deball’s most recent show at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca last week. She’s back with a series of works which are now adorning New York’s High Line park. Deball is among 11 artists who are participating in the public exhibition Panorama (April 23, 2015 – March 2016). Friends of the High Line states the following regarding the exhibition:
Panorama is an open-air exhibition that takes inspiration from the High Line as an urban park cutting straight through the city, creating new vistas and vantage points onto the surrounding natural and man-made landscapes. The High Line is the ideal stage for this series of sculptures and installations, all of which explore the act of seeing and understanding the spectacle of nature.
The exhibition challenges historical notions of the sublime, quasi-religious experiences of “untouched” nature, and the debate on the manicured versus the ostensibly natural garden, opening up the possibility for experiencing nature in its necessarily human-impacted state.
Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975, Mexico) examines how objects’ cultural and functional significance changes over time. For Panorama, the artist presents three stacked ceramic columns. The works grew out of a dialogue with Atzompa potters in Oaxaca, Mexico about their archaeological heritage and how it is expressed, contaminated, or dissolved in the present. Each column tells a story inspired by fictional tales composed around everyday objects and archaeological artifacts.
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