Lourdes Correa-Carlo, "No Title (KBR Tower and Continental Center in Houston, TX)", 2011, archival inkjet prints and gypsum board, approximately 8' 5" x 10'.

Lourdes Correa-Carlo, “No Title (KBR Tower and Continental Center in Houston, TX)”, 2011, archival inkjet prints and gypsum board, approximately 8′ 5″ x 10′.

Lourdes Correa-Carlo

I am interested in the psychological conditions of architecture and spaces and investigate this through the juxtaposition of photographs of vernacular architecture with construction materials. With these representations I question philosophies embedded in the physical manifestations of different structures. After photographing buildings, I reconstruct some of these images with a sculptural approach, making what I call a subversive gesture towards the photographs. I invert, collapse, reconfigure, and deconstruct them as they are being reconstructed. In this way the images are treated as real objects. The final pieces are characterized by their weight, gravity, and three-dimensional physicality, enabling the viewer’s body to interact with the work. Working in this way invites a semantic reading of the photographs. What are the psychological responses to these places and architecture? What do they tell the viewer in relation to this social fabric? What are the politics of the everyday? I look for what strikes me in these images, for what is hidden about the social conditions in these places, and how these images relate to personal and social alienation through the histories, politics, and classes of these areas. My intention with the viewer is to make them aware of the space they inhabit and their relationship with the different works and materials that I display. They may be allowed or denied access to the spaces, guided or made to feel dislocated. With these gestures I invite them to see space as an active context where we question our constructed realities, our philosophies, and the calcification of social structures.

Lourdes Correa-Carlo received her MFA from Yale University in 2009 and BFA from Escuela de Artes Plasticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2000. She has exhibited her work at several venues including including, Marc Jancou Contemporary (NYC); Julius Caesar, and NEXT Art Fair (Chicago ILL); 1156 Chapel Gallery (New Haven, CT); Galeria Comercial (San Juan, Puerto Rico), and PR ¥02 (En Ruta), M&M Proyectos (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Her work has been featured and reviewed in Art in America, Art Lies, Artnet Magazine, ArtNexus, among other publications. She is the recipient of an Amy Tatro Scholarship from Yale University and a travel grant from the Escuela de Artes Pl·sticas. Correa-Carlo completed the The Core Residency Program in Houston, Texas in May 2012. Lourdes Correa-Carlo was an artist-in-residence at CPW in May and June of 2011.