|Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon at SAM|
|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
SEATTLE –SEPT 23, 2013 – The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is proud to display the work of Peruvian-born artist William Cordova. Composed of over 200 speakers, Cordova’s colossal installation, machu picchu after dark (pa' victoria santa cruz, macario sakay y aaron dixon) was commissioned by SAM in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition: Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon (October 17, 2013–January 5, 2014).
Cordova works largely with everyday objects to create drawings and mixed-media installations. The accumulation of materials and iconography such as discarded books, stereo speakers, automobile tires and record albums are recurring images that allude both to his Peruvian heritage and modern urban subcultures.
Born in Lima, Peru, Cordova’s work has footing in many worlds. Bridging the past and the present with art/cultural history, contemporary art and popular culture, each of his artworks hold meaning that traverses global geography and personal interest.
At the age of six, Cordova relocated from Lima to Miami, Florida. Surprised to see the volume of castoff, barely-used resources that littered the streets of his new hometown, he was particularly attracted to what he thought were familiar Peruvian cajón drums scattered on the streets. They were in fact discarded speaker boxes. The installation
machu picchu after dark (pa' victoria santa cruz, macario sakay y aaron dixon) 2003-2014 references that memory and dominates the gallery with close to 200 1960-1980s- era speakers stacked to suggest the iconic pre-Columbian monolith.
machu picchu after dark (pa' victoria santa cruz, macario sakay y aaron dixon)
is curated by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art /Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education & Public Programs at SAM