Sandra Cinto: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

September 6 - October 13, 2001
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Press release

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition of work by Sandra Cinto. Transforming the artspace into a singular, surreal landscape, Cinto presents installation based work that incorporates photography, sculpture and drawing.  Just as boundaries and definitions are blurred between the different media in the artist’s work - drawings intrude upon sculpture and photography; architecture becomes sculpture - the references and sources for the work are similarly contradictory and intertwined.  Memory and fantasy, art history, and self-portraiture all provide material for Cinto's investigation, representation and abstraction within the altered gallery environment.  


Whereas past installations have incorporated the artist’s intricately detailed drawings across large expanses of wall space, effectively de-materializing their definition and structure, the gallery walls for this exhibition have been painted a solid tone of gray.  Only the open end of the walls, essentially the ‘negative’ architectural space, has been dissolved by the artist’s delicate renderings.   A violent seascape, constructed with images inspired by the lithographic prints of Gustave Doré, functions as a metaphor for the energy of life, filling the space between the solid gray skins of the walls, and filling the void between the structural constraints of physical form.