Alejandro Durán’s “Washed Up.”

Mexican artist Alejandro Durán uses plastic that he finds along the coast of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally protected nature reserve, to create outdoors installations in a series he calls “Washed Up” to bring attention to pollution.

Durán, who is now based out of New York City, has identified waste products from over 50 nations from six continents during the course of creating “Washed Up” which finds him arranging the waste by color in either floral or fauna patterns and often as if the pieces of trash had been washed ashore by the waves naturally.  Though the installations are colorful and gorgeous they mirror the resulting horrors of the world’s consumer driven mindset.  Durán wants viewers of this photographic series to realize that the consequences of pollution reach far beyond what we normally realize.

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Andy Mullens
Bloodline, 2014

found photographs, cotton, tape
dimensions varied

Bloodline is one of four pieces from Mullens’ Honours thesis. The work is made up of found photographs purchased from flea markets in Saigon, the hometown of Mullens’ mother. These photographs are a by-product of the war: they were left behind by families that fled the country, or were collected when families were forcefully removed from their homes. When Mullens traveled to Vietnam for the first time and found these photographs what she felt was familiarity: the images looked like the black-and-white photographs of her own mother’s family. Her observation was that these photographs could have easily been, and are, her family. Mullens recontextualises these photographs through installation, linking them together with red thread as if it were some sort of chaotic family tree. As the thread loses its structure along the wall a single photograph of the artist’s mother and her family sits alone. This work speaks of lost connection, but also reconnection to nationhood. While the ties to heritage may be loose, they are still present. The work acknowledges the diaspora of the Vietnamese people, including Mullens’ family. Bloodline commemorates the loss of home, but also reinstates the connection to home and heritage.


WHAT’S ON: Olga Balema: Cannibals, May 1 - June 13, 2015. Croy Nielsen. 10 Weydingerstraße, Berlin, 10178.

Installation view, Olga Balema: Cannibals, Croy Nielsen, Berlin. Courtesy the artist and Croy Nielsen, Berlin.

Click here to view Olga Balema’s work in SculptureCenter’s 2015 exhibition Puddle, pothole, portal, curated by Ruba Katrib and Camille Henrot.

A Page from the Drawing Papers Archive

This page from Drawing Papers 93 features Claudia Wieser’s Untitled, a colored pencil on colored paper drawing from 2010.

For her 2010 exhibition, Poems of the Right Angle, Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser presented a site-specific installation of glazed ceramic tiles and mirrored facets against a background of geometrically-patterned wallpaper.  In addition to the prismatic wall relief, Wieser showed series of colorful line drawings that played on the installation’s optical and spatial illusions and served to foreground her distinctive approach to abstraction.  Wieser’s drawings that combine geometric forms with the delicacy of colored pencil, are inspired by the artist’s interest in “attempting to find forms and arrangements which narrate more than concrete material and forms you can see.”

The Drawing Papers are a series of publications documenting The Drawing Center’s exhibitions and public programs and providing a forum for the study of drawing. For more information about Drawing Papers 93, click here.

-Kate Robinson, Bookstore Manager