Friday, October 27, 2017
Smoke, Nearby: Tania Pérez Córdova
When Tania Pérez Córdova borrows something, it becomes art. She borrowed a SIM card from a friend and placed it in a porcelain block. She borrowed two black piano keys and put them into a chunk of orange foam. A guitar string is attached to a marble structure and one stylish Swarovski earring is dangling on display. This leads to a ‘pausing’ process on the part of the lender of the object, and thus, through this process, the artist becomes a type of disrupter. She made it more difficult, temporarily, for the pianist or guitarist to ply his trade. The musicians were forced to pause, assess the significance of the loss of the objects borrowed and take deliberate measures to return to normal, if they so chose. In regard to the loss of a SIM card or a nice earring, one loses a bit of his/her social capital and pauses to reflect on whether to take deliberate action to replace that.
In another part of the show a ceiling fan spins in an agonizingly slow manner, utilizing the motor of a disco ball, like a slow-motion scene in a film. Pérez Córdova places a lime green marker in a cup of water and the water slowly becomes more and more green. Incense slowly burns. Styrofoam slowly turns yellow. A disrupter is perhaps needed because the rhythm of our lives is often geared away from a deeper rhythm of incubation and self-development. Why do slow processes look so absurd to us? How badly have we been corrupted?
This was a risky and provocative show requiring active imaginative engagement and concerted self-reflection from the participant-viewer. The show would have been better had the MCA provided a little more in the way of background material for people to read while looking at the pieces. This was really a show where you needed some background info in order to appreciate the pieces, in my humble opinion. So, to this extent, I feel the MCA failed in making the show as accessible as it could have been to folks. I was fortunate enough to have been given the show’s catalogue and did a great deal of research on the artist and previous shows – most folks were not able to do this and may not have been fully engaged by the work.Reposted from wsimag.com