170" x 150" x 130"
Installed at the San Jose Museum of Art. Travelled to the San
Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.
ESSAY by Cathy Kimball, curator, San Jose Museum of Art.
Francisco artist Stephanie Syjuco states of her work, "I seek
to physically blur the boundaries, to create a synthesis of fact
and fiction, in order to ask: what would this intersection--this
new territory--look like?" Syjuco's words are fully reflected
in her most recent installation "Doppelgangers (Gothic Objects),"
2000, which will be on view in the exhibition. In "Doppelgangers,"
Syjuco has created a phycial metaphor for the collision of the
past with the future based on her internet research into Gothic
buttresses and the latest styles in cheap modular furniture. The
motivation for this installation, which resembles factory-made,
assemble-it-yourself contemporary furniture, stems from the idea
of a "tech"-noir --an apprehension or suspicion of a technologically
saturated society and how that saturation will affect the future.
In Syjuco's view, the issues of a "cultural breakdown, immigrations,
and mono-culture, will all pose some interesting questions about
intersections of 'purity' and 'heritage.' This Gothic-inspired,
familiar-yet-alien structure seeks to address some of these issues."