Art made with recycled items interests me and Leticia Bajuyo's installation at Women and Their Work gallery in Austin (open through August 30th) is no exception. Featuring over 8,500 CDs, its scale is enough to be profound, while the theremins placed on either side of the gallery add an eery soundtrack to this sci-fi inspired show. An "event horizon", according to Bajuyo, is a boundary in space time, the point of no return, such as the moment right before one is sucked into a black hole, and her twisting vortex shapes that emerge out of the walls of shiny CDs include such moments of in between-ness.
I like that the CDs create two solid free-standing walls of reflections as you walk into the gallery, enclosing you in this curved hallway. The visual serenity of the reflective walls is broken by two vortex tunnels, one on the left directed up and one on the right directed down, that draw you towards them and yet you cannot climb in.
Instead, you continue around to the backside of the walls, revealing the outside of the vortexes which look horn-shaped, and the titles of all those CDs, discarded and almost obsolete in this digital age.
I was lucky enough to work with Leticia helping to install part of the show, after countless hours stringing hundreds of CDs together with fishing line (and I contributed some of my CDs too). Here's me installing:
(You can see more photos from installation week, including some with the artist, at Women and Their Work's blog: http://womenandtheirwork.wordpress.com/)
During the opening (on June 30th) there were two professional theremin players (I think they were called The Autobots, but I'm not positive). Now, while the show is open, viewers are encouraged to play the instruments themselves, adding an interactive element to the show.