CRANE Arts Project Room
Artist's closing Reception Friday May 24th 6-9pmAna Vizcarra Rankin's site specific installation investigates issues of nomadism, migration and pilgrimage. Her large map paintings are oriented with the South towards the top, referencing the seminal image by Uruguayan constructivist painter Joaquín Torres Garcia, and reconsidering our relationship to the planet and its ecosystem. They fold up like the maps we used before global positioning systems were available on every phone, and sustain wear and tear between viewings. In conjunction with redacted hotel keycards and gilded foods, Ana's installation invites the viewer to examine his or her own sense of being in and of the world.
There's more information below, and a pdf postcard attached, along with an image.
Thanks and hope to see you there.
Ana Vizcarra Rankin
About my work:
The environments I create are an exploration of mobility’s mediation.
My map paintings, large as sails and full of cartographic anaphora, are part of an ongoing investigation into nomadism, migration and pilgrimage. Whether terrestrial or celestial, they are all oriented with the South towards the top, referencing the seminal image by Uruguayan constructivist painter Joaquín Torres Garcia, and reconsidering our relationship to the planet and its ecosystem. The Large Map Paintings fold up into packages the size a pillowcase, or an air travel carry-on, and sustain wear and tear between viewings, like the maps we used before global positioning systems were available on every phone. In the map paintings, the planet becomes body, and the sky becomes landscape. Using layers of gesso and pigment on unprimed, un-stretched, 96” wide, 100% cotton canvas of varying lengths, I attempt to depict the phenomenological coordinates of my sense of being in and of the world. Each can take up to 80 hours of work, including research and drying time.
The baroque-ness of our current place in history and art history has become a source of fascination for me, with a rich verbal and visual mélange de langue that is constantly increasing via virtual social networks and previously unprecedented exposure and means of communication with my international, multicultural human family. The sculptural objects, which I call fetiches, are small mixed media viewfinders created using a combination of traditional methods and assemblage. Along with redacted keycards, gilded foods, found natural objects, and in symbiosis with the map paintings, they act as symbolic referents to myths and archetypes of traveler and native.
Ana Vizcarra Rankin is a native of Maldonado, Uruguay. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History summa cum laude from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2010 and her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2012. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Exploris Museum NC, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, the Chestnut Hill Academy PA and the Sandy Springs Museum MD. Awards include the Essie Baron Memorial Award in 2010 and the Judith McGregor Caldwell Purchase Prize for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum permanent collection in 2012.
"Ana Vizcarra Rankin's large scale maps chart the heavens as well as the continents of the planet. Inspired by ancient cartography in their malleability and sturdiness, her paintings depict the phenomenological coordinates of her sense of being in and of the world. " Annabelle Rodriguez Lawton - Cosmobilities
"...a brutal romanticist." David Cohen - 4th Wall Panel PAFA 2012