The Tenuous Arithmetics of Kinship

November 9 -December 15, 2018
table, Chicago

This installation explores ideas of overlapping temporalities, identity, strangeness and mourning. Projecting side by side three slides, pictures of flowers, shot in a botanical garden in the early 70’s by my mother with videos I took of similar flowers in a botanical garden in Los Angeles, I re-perform a gaze and bring it back to life as a futile exercise, as a ritual of mourning. These projections are affected by shades and light shimmerings generated by the light of the day as it moves through a fabric art work with cutouts in the shape of eyes. From the ceiling a ceramic sculpture in the shape of an arm holding metal cowbells may or may not sound in the presence of movement, implying the possibility of sound and marking time.




(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)