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untitled (cosmos)

Image courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co

untitled (cosmos)


William Cordova

Peruvian, born 1971

In this fictional astrological map, the night sky is populated with not only planets and stars but also archeological artifacts and everyday objects. The resulting equivalence of these bodies—earthly and heavenly, historic and modern—points to a belief held by many ancient cultures that the cosmos determined the outcome of human events and our fate. Consisting of photographs held together by mere tape, the work suggests the fragility and ephemerality of our human place within these cosmic systems.
Exposed photo and paper collage, electrical and scotch tape
61 x 86 in. (154.9 x 218.4 cm)
Gift of Dennis Braddock and Janice Niemi
Provenance: The artist; [Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York]; purchased by Dennis Braddock and Janice Niemi, Seattle, Washington, November 25, 2009
Image courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistoryNew York, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., laberintos, Oct. 24 - Dec. 5, 2009
Published ReferencesOrtiz, María Elena. "William Cordova: now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy." Miami, Florida: Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2018. Reproduced pp. 130-131.

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