For her solo exhibition at Knockdown Center, Lourdes Correa-Carlo has produced seven new works in dialogue with urban embodiment and the visual politics of city space. Through sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and installation, Intended Trajectories reflects the artist’s ongoing engagement with her material surroundings, as well as her interest in the relationship between the body and the built environment.
While navigating public space in New York City, Correa-Carlo has been taking photographs of architectural facades, construction sites, objects discarded on the street. With these images, she employs a range of materials—often industrial or salvaged—in order to examine the more abstract aspects of physical structures, drawing out the social and psychological effects of architecture and urban planning.
Within the exhibition, a series of site-specific installations engage the architectural specificities of Knockdown Center, referencing the building’s former use as a glass factory, and later as the site of a frame and door company. These works—creeping across walls and embedding themselves in doorways—mimic, augment, or conceal the gallery’s vestigial industrial features, unsettling the exhibition’s frame. Other sculptural and drawing-based works introduce outside architectural elements into the gallery, yielding a constellation of cityscapes that alter the viewer’s sense of location and scale. The remaining works, a series of vinyl prints on glass and a two-channel video, embrace the familiar sights of the city’s public transportation systems, the interstitial and subterranean spaces of waiting and watching.
Together, the works in the exhibition look inward and outward at once, mapping a psychogeography of encounter between artist and city, body and building.
Lourdes Correa-Carlo (b. 1970, San Juan) is an artist who works across drawing, photography, collage, video, sculpture, and installation. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University and a BFA in Sculpture from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY (2015-2017) and has previously held residencies at Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2013); Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX (2010-2012); and Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY (2011). Her work has been exhibited with institutions that include the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; the International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY; School of Visual Arts, New York, NY; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL; Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY; and Art Center South Florida, Miami, FL.
Christian Camacho-Light is a curator and writer based in New York. Recent exhibitions include Stage 6: Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Down-Below, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY (2016) and Standard Forms, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2016). They are currently at work on an exhibition to be shown at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ (November 2017). They hold an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a BA in Art History from Vassar College.
Lourdes Correa-Carlo: Intended Trajectories is presented with the generous support of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Special thanks to Ece Gürleyik, Drew Lichtenstein, Kristine Servia, and Elena Yelamos.
Image: Trajectories II (detail), 2013, Digital image