Well, spring has finally sprung, the snow has melted for good, and while we’ve had nothing but April showers so far, we’re happy – if not surprised – to see that Robert Andrade’s Ruined State(s) has somehow managed to survive the winter relatively unscathed.
The piece, installed on the front lawn of station923, consists of five concrete segments (4ft x 4ft) impressed with fragments from a map of Rome’s civic pathways and pedestrian currents, aligned in the fashion of modern sidewalk slabs. The unreinforced concrete have been positioned half way into the ground and will remain exposed to time and the meteorological elements of Ithaca indefinitely, thereby documenting the inconspicuous frailty of form, history, power, and aesthetic criteria itself.
Well, so much for the frailty. It seems we shall have to wait a bit longer to see this manifest.
I was sorry not to make it up to see Robert’s MFA thesis show this week at the Hartell Gallery at Cornell, my schedule simply wouldn’t permit it. I’m sure it was great.
I’ll admit to being a sucker for large scale minimalist/earth arty hybrid sculptural installations, and I’ve enjoyed seeing Robert’s work develop during his MFA stint here in Ithaca.
Since he’s soon to finish his program and leave Ithaca later this spring, I look forward to watching his artistic career unfold from afar.
For those who missed the show, here’s a picture of Quotidian.