Supported at its Ends—Hanging by its Weight @ The Loisaida Center

Image by Luciana Pinchiero:  El Cuello con Manchas de El Eco  (El Eco's Spotty Neck), 2017

Image by Luciana Pinchiero: El Cuello con Manchas de El Eco (El Eco's Spotty Neck), 2017

A line that loops around itself holds things in place—pull its ends and it opens into a line again.  

Geographies are inscribed with lines, imagined and physical, that shift naturally and from human intervention. How do we create ties across continents?

In geometry and physics, a catenary is the natural curve created by gravity acting on a rope or chain when suspended from its ends. Does an egg cupped between two hands hold the same strength as a bridge?

A rope can be knotted and tied, gestures of gathering and interweaving. Ancient Andean cultures developed the Quipu, a system of knotted strings used to keep records, communicate information, and represent traditional stories and poetry.

Perhaps it is through these elemental forms that we can continue to navigate distance.

Supported at its Ends—Hanging by its Weight is the first exhibition for LAZO (in spanish: ‘link, tie, or knot), a platform and resource for contemporary artists of Latin American and Caribbean descent. The show brings together fourteen artists based in NYC and throughout the Americas and is part of a series of events to be hosted in the coming months at The Loisaida Center.


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