WILLIAM CORDOVA // New Perspectives on Art of the Americas

William Cordova has produced a meditative platform synthesizing Andean and Western architecture, history and spirituality.

Cordova combines research, travel, writing, drawing, photography, and sculpture to create artworks that disrupt assumptions of a linear history. This idea takes physical shape in the form of two large-scale wooden scaffolding structures, reflecting constellations shared by various cultures in different times and geographic locations, which fills the main gallery space. ankaylli: terreno ideologico is an expansion on yawar mallku: sculpting in time, Cordova’s site-specific installation originally commissioned for the SITElines.2016 Much Wider Than a Line, presented by SITE Santa Fe and co-curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Kathleen Ash-Milby, Pip Day, Pablo León de la Barra, and Kiki Mazzucchelli. According to Cordova, the structures links architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller transcendental philosophies with Aztec, Andean, and Asian cosmology influenced architecture as a way of provoking further readings into ancient geometric principals, spirituality and the pragmatic use of materials.

Included in the installation is untitled (algorithms) a large scale paper collage drawing, untitled (alchemy) a suite of drawings made with Peruvian Cacao. The suite of framed Peruvian cacao drawings are an amalgamation of cosmological maps and fragments of architectural design relating to Frank Lloyd Wright’s custom window design, as well as Japanese, and Tiwanaku design from which Wright drew influence.

A series of plaster sculptures, amauta (our shields, our arrows, our song) from a Lasonic TR 930 radio, originally made in 1985. The same year of the Accomarca massacre and Peru’s generation elections. The TR 930 radio was also one of the earliest mainstream audio products directly created for the-then, still socially unaccepted and highly vilified US Hip Hop music. Hip Hop in many ways was also the people’s newspaper in that it addressed social issues of the day that popular Rock & Roll music of the day had abandoned. The plaster radios represent transmissions, vessels and methods, before/after the advent of television and prior to the internet, in which communities stayed connected.

Read more in: www.sitesantafe.org/exhibition/sitelines-2016/