Throughout her career, PIPA Prize 2010 nominnee Sandra Cinto has developed a rich vocabulary of symbols and lines to create lyrical landscapes that swirl between fantasy and reality. Using drawing as her point of departure, Cinto evokes mesmerizing environments including turbulent seascapes, swirling rainstorms and celestial skies.
These adventures have been summoned for the installation she opened last week, on October 8th, at the Contemporary Arts Center. The epic landscape she built unfolds across the two major columns in the Lobby – turning static pillars into dynamic portals for the eye and imagination to explore. Some of the references behind the work include Japanese ukiyo-e prints and Hokusai’s iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa“, as well as European Romanticism and dramatic scenes such as Théodore Géricault’s 1818 painting “The Raft of the Medusa”, which depicts a famous sea disaster.
Cinto also engages with her surrounding architecture on a frequent basis, immersing the viewer in a sea of waves to evoke the illusion of a weightless, spiraling universe. In so doing, she evokes stories of human hardship and redemption, as well as a larger metaphor for the human odyssey and our relationship with the environment.
Installation by Sandra Cinto
On view from October 8th through July 24th, 2018
Contemporary Arts Center (Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art)
44 E. 6th Street
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