Gabriela Salazar at Efrain Lopez Gallery / Chicago

Gabriela Salazar / Eye of Palm
29 – September 4 2016

A wooden
railing—structured to support and lead a body———
to follow the wall—
displaced from this
measuring a room—a
spatial, yet tactile navigational tool—
a compass realigned
to unknown cardinal directions.
A field of round
forms; textured, varied, eroded; made for or by the hand; from another place,
placed or landed here.              Measures of the space, and the
limits of the body within the space;
a system of cairns
dispersed from an unknown peregrination.

Gabriela Salazar
fills Efrain Lopez Gallery with a coded transmission: a matrix of dots
bracketed by a continuous line. Salazar’s
“graspable” sculptures—handrails and
stone-like objects—continue her exploration of the transmission of narrative,
possibility, and history via the built environment.
Through the exhibition’s
mise en scène, the artist implicates
essential structures of human relationships to material, and nests bodily locations through
implied proprioception.
Gabriela Salazar was born in
New York City, to architects from Puerto Rico. Solo exhibitions include My
Lands are Islands
, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY; In Advance of a Storm (for
Luis and Antonia) (for A and L) (for parents) (for two)
, The Lighthouse
Works’ Fellowship in Public Art, Fishers Island, NY; and For Closure
(Outdoors, the Bronx)
, Bronx River Art Center, NY. Her work has been
mentioned in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic,
WNYC, and PBS, and her writing has appeared in ArtCritical and The
Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics
. Salazar has been in residence at Workspace,
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan
School of Painting & Sculpture, and is a current Open Sessions
Participant at The Drawing Center, NYC. She holds an MFA from RISD and a BA
from Yale University, and lives, works, and teaches in NYC.
-Text by Gabriela
Salazar and Ruslana Lichtzier