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Welcome to Dispatches, where every now and then we check in with artists connected with the Nasher Museum to find out about their latest projects.

It’s been a few months since William Cordova’s  monumental work, Greatest Hits (para Micaela Bastidas, Tom Wilson y Anna Mae Aquash), was on view in the Nasher Museum’s Great Hall. The sculpture, a column of 3,000 records, is now part of the museum’s permanent collection and will be included in the upcoming exhibition, The Record.

If you are planning a trip to New York soon, you can see some of William’s newest work, including drawing, sculpture and video. His exhibition laberintos opens this weekend at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. gallery in New York.

From the press release:
William Cordova’s work embodies a duality that is central to his oeuvre: the interplay of rural and urban aesthetics. He also emphasizes the unintended links between practices and people. Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ novel Laberintos (1962) and Octavio Paz’s collection of essays The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950), William’s works are multi-layered, elusive and allusive. … William combines imagery from popular culture with gold leaf, and his pictorial space is further enhanced by the juxtaposition of drawing and structural linguistics. These elements create a setting that has the potential for new and inspiring occurrences. The works are sometimes interrupted by strips of electrical tape, blocked-out areas, drawings that extend off the picture plane, or free verse from anonymous authors. The artist’s palette is reminiscent of the static found on a television screen; this imbues William’s works with an unpredictability that is both unsettling and compelling.

William describes his work: “The stories that one tells somebody else around the family dining
room table, those are the stories you pass on and you learn that way, so that it remains sacred. That is one of the things I want to convey in my work…the concept of sacredness.”

The exhibition is on view at Sikkema Jenkins from October 24 through December 5, 2009.

For more information email the gallery:

IMAGE: William Cordova, “Some of US were gladiators,” 2006. From: Untitled (The Echo In Nicolas Guillen Landrians Bolex), 2008-2009. Suite of 100 drawings. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins and Co., New York.

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