Jul 1–Dec 31, 2014

Gabriela Salazar [1]

In Advance of a Storm

wood, paint, fresh flowers, wire cube, paper mache, painted flag


Each structure of
In Advance of a Storm
(for Luis and Antonia)
(for A and L)
(for parents)
(for two)
is based on a cube reconfigured into a room.

These sculptures realize descriptions made by the artist’s parents in playing the Cube Game, a pop-psychology self-knowledge exercise (see Kokology). The Cube Game asks the participant to imagine and describe in relation to one another a cube, a ladder, a horse, flowers, and a storm. Each element or object represents an aspect of the participant's relationships and self. Interpretation of the responses “reveals” the inner mind and spirit.

In Advance of a Storm engages in both minimalist strategies of variation of form and rule-making, and pop interests in the cultural readymade and symbolic association; juxtaposing and intersecting the two languages at a site that is both one (island) and two (found platforms). Situated askew to their bases and at eye level, the viewer can look into but cannot enter the structures. The pieces are located at the Ferry Dock and Airport—points of entry and egress to the Island—further acknowledging and embracing these dualities.



Gabriela Salazar (b. 1981, New York, NY) [1] has an MFA from RISD (2009), BFA from Yale University (2003), and participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2011). Solo shows include Eye of Palm at Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago; My Lands are Islands at NURTUREArt, Brooklyn; and In Advance of a Storm (for two) (for parents) (for Luis and Antonia) (for L and A), The Lighthouse Works’ Public Art Fellowship, Fishers Island. She has been included in group exhibitions at The Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Drawing Center, Abrons Art Center, and El Museo del Barrio; and has been in residence with Open Sessions, The Drawing Center; Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Yaddo, and MacDowell. Gabriela lives, works, and teaches in NYC.