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2244 Módulos [2244 Modules]

1997
20th century
165 cm x 390 cm x 256 cm (64 15/16 in. x 153 9/16 in. x 100 13/16 in.)

Isabel Del Rio (Santiago, Chile, 1956 - ) Primary

Object Type: installation
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Chilean
Medium and Support: 2,500 plaster bricks
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the artist, 2005
            
               Accession Number:                2005.197             
            
Object Description: In 2244 Modules, Del Río physically registers the passage of time. Over a period of six months, Isabel Del Río set herself the task of making several one-inch thick plaster tablets every day. Her efforts resulted in 2244 tablets, each stamped with the date it was produced. The number of tablets completed each day varied according to the artist’s “work” or “free” time. After six months, the artist had filled a considerable physical space with the results of her daily activity. The hours spent in apparently mindless repetition suggest a futile obsession, and also a desire to find a rational order. Although at first glance 2244 Modules may recall a precise and mathematical Minimalist sculpture, the handmade quality of the tablets and the obsessive nature of the project suggest a more existential and personal concern.

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