39 etched glass plates
No. 1 of the Edition of 3
Each: 20 x 20 in. / 7.87 x 7.87 cm.
El Licienciado Vidriera is a tale published in 1613 by Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes. The story narrates the life of Tomás Rodaja, a law student, that falls in love with a woman and drinks a potion she conjures that in turn makes him delusional—convincing himself that he is constructed out of glass. Rodaja believes he is extremely fragile because of his imaginary condition, so much so that he was nicknamed “Vidriera,” or the Spanish word for “Glass,” and requested to be carried around in a hay cart when attending events. But for all this eccentricity, Vidriera is more lucid than any of his supposedly sane critics, and his acute observations about the world around him are revealing of the contradictions and flaws of the society of his time. The project, Vidriera, is created after a performance with the same title and is a tribute to artist, Josiah McElheny.
Strange Oasis, Kent Fine Art, New York, 2015