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Alejandro Cesarco
New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103-3817
March 28, 2008 - May 31, 2008

Text versus Language
by laurie halsey brown

A new multi-discipline installation titled Once Within a Room by Alejandro Cesarco, presently at New Langton Arts until May 31st, generates a non-linear narrative, which develops as you move from one element to the other.

Once Within the Room
The physicality of the experience within the installation subverts a traditional reading, which opens up a space for another understanding of the words.

It is the artist’s intention to create “emotional ready-mades”, remnants or props that allude to the experience of memory versus the memory of experience. The personalized process of moving to object to object in order to the read the word[s] accentuates this feeling.


A single slide of a young woman is projected in a corner. She becomes a central character, although the words seem to be referring to her, but not spoken by her.

Once Within the Room

The matter-of-fact representation of the narrative in the installation alludes to a history of text used as a minimal object, such as in the work of Joseph Kosuth. The objects themselves can also refer to conceptual sculpture, like the work of Sol LeWitt. But the actual language used in Cesarco’s work can be poetic and romantic, which you don’t suspect from the visual experience.

Once Within a Room considers how there can be a slippage between the terms "language" and "text." The predominant use of black and white gives a monotone voice to the words, which alludes to "text," while the words themselves have a quality that could best be described as "language." A formalized story is presented--one in which the viewer moves back and forth, both literally and metaphorically, between a distanced experience and intimacy.

Once Within the Room

Also on view at New Langton Arts until May 31st, is a new work by Dexter Sinister. The viewer can also consider concepts of "text," "language" and "object" in the presence of this work.

Dexter Sinister

- laurie halsey brown


(*Images: Alejandro Cesarco, Once Within a Room, March 28 - May 31, 2008; New Langton Arts, installation views, photos courtesy of laurie halsey brown.  Bottom photo: Dexter Sinister, Phantom Rosebuds, March 28 - May 31, 2008; New Langton Arts, image courtesy laurie halsey brown.)

Posted by laurie halsey brown on 4/19/08

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