The Tenuous Arithmetics of Kinship

November 9 -December 15, 2018
table, Chicago

This installation explores ideas of overlapping temporalities, inter-subjectivity, strangeness and mourning. Three couplings of slide and video projections loom in the exhibition room, while shimmers of daylight alter the space, filtering shades through a fabric piece installed in the window. The slides, pictures of flowers shot in a botanical garden in the early 70’s in London by the artist mother, are paired with videos shot by the artist of similar flowers in a botanical garden in Los Angeles. What might seem a futile attempt to re-perform a gaze becomes a ritual of mourning and a meditation on the fragility of the present.
From the ceiling, a ceramic sculpture in the shape of an arm, holds metal cowbells, both a location devise and maker of time passing.
In a small room, behind the kitchen area, a rope piece in the shape of a ladder proposes the possibility of uniting what is physically separated.
This exhibition was installed at table, an artists’ project space located in an apartment in Chicago.




(Photos by Kim Becker)


Carmen Amengual, The Tenuous Arithmetics of Kinship, installation view.



 

Carmen Amengual, Slight appearance and its antonym, duvetyne, assorted fabrics (2018)





Carmen Amengual, The Tenuous Arithmetics of Kinship, installation view





Carmen Amengual, The Tenuous Arithmetics of Kinship
(detail)

photo: Kim Becker


Carmen Amengual, The Tenuous Arithmetics of Kinship




Carmen Amengual, The Tenuous Arithmetics of Kinship
(detail)


Carmen Amengual, Knot
Positioning or How to Trace a Line Behind Doors,
rope (2018)


Carmen Amengual, Hours, clay, cowbells, leather string (2018)



Carmen Amengual, Slight appearance and its antonym
(detail)