AO On Site – New York: Cristina Iglesias at Marian Goodman Gallery, March 22nd through April 27th, 2011

April 4th, 2011

Opening night at Marian Goodman Gallery. All photos by L. Streeter, Art Observed.

An exhibition of works and projects by renowned Spanish sculptor Cristina Iglesias is currently on view at Marian Goodman Gallery on 57th street in the New York Gallery Building. Iglesias usually works with industrial materials like concrete and glass, combining them with natural elements such as bamboo or foliage. Each room at the exhibition features a different ongoing project, ranging from indoor and outdoor works and public projects that Iglesias has been involved in over the last 5 years.

Cristina Iglesias, Pozos I-V (wells).

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The first pieces on display upon entering the gallery seemed initially to be simple granite boxes, strategically placed around the gallery floor. Upon closer inspection, however, each granite box opens up to reveal a representational cross-section of an isolated green terrain. The sculptures are reliefs, cast in stainless steel, resin and bronze powder. Each piece is then filled with water, alternating in the movements of the liquid. Some lie stagnant, while others are slowly drained only to be refilled once again.

In 2007 Iglesias completed a specially-commissioned permanent installation at the Museo Prado in Madrid, Spain; massive doors made of bronze, 9 meters high, now frame the entrance to the museum offering a similar aesthetic to her latest works.

A view of the bronze doors at the Museo del Prado, Madrid via Flickr

Garden Piece offers a model version of a work recently commissioned for installation off the coast of the northeastern Mexican state of Baja, California. The work is plain from the outside, similar to “Pozos”, however the inside reveals a textured labyrinth that will function as an aquarium of sorts. Lining the walls around the model are large-scale screen prints based on photographs of sculptural models for the piece.

Cristina Iglesias, Garden Piece.

In a third room, known as the South Gallery, a long fountain was installed beneath the floor. This piece, entitled Bajo la superficie (Under the Surface) extends from one side of the room to the other, taking command of the space and introducing a sense of tranquility and balance.

Cristina Iglesias, Bajo la superficie (Under the Surface).

Also on display was a film, Guided Tour III, which “transports the viewer to several pieces sited in locations throughout the world and includes walkthroughs of both city and landscape.”

Cristina Iglesias, Guided Tour III.

-L. Streeter

Related Links:

Exhibition Page [Marian Goodman Gallery]
Cristina Iglesias’ Brooks Babble in Midtown [ArtInfo]