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Linda Cunningham
Unravelling II

2011

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Linda Cunningham's work centers upon time, transience and contradictions. Layers of dry-wall panels with broken edges are assembled to stand like an open book, stretching through the gallery space, a metaphor of an “old story.” The broken walls stretch up to 9ft in height and construct a context for golden bronze shapes appear, unexplainable treasures, next to images of ancient texts of the Abrahamic religions from ten centuries of peaceful co-existence and a prayer written in Hebrew in 1945 and carved in a free-standing wood wall. Historic authentic border posts and barbed wire from the former East German border stand nearby among broken curved cement forms that capped the walls preventing escapees from scaling the cement walls. Some drywall “pages” of the book with seemingly abstract brown and rust colored photo-transfers on bifurcated sheets of canvas echo actual elements in the installation, unraveling underground copper cable that formerly operated the deadly machine guns and mercury lights guarding the former East German border. Canvases are also collaged with metaphoric rubble, acrylic and pastel. The “old story” is collaged with golden bronze fragments on the book-like dry-wall wall structure In another area with photo-transferred images of ancient Arabic, Hebrew, Coptic and Greek texts.The historic texts from the years 2 to 11 are framed by dramatic golden, 6ft high textured bronze forms. A phrase from a spiritual committed to her memory“…and the walls came a tumbling down” refers to the book of Joshua in the Tanakh or in Christian liturgy, the Biblical Old Testament about Joshua and the battle of Jericho. These images from ten centuries of peaceful co-existence juxtaposed with the hopeful structures of collapsing barriers evoke hopeful possibilities in this era of devastating conflicts between the followers of Abrahamic religions. Linda Cunningham is a Bronx-based artist with a long New York and international exhibition career. ODETTA, in Bushwick, Brooklyn featured her work in November 2015 and in the Harlem FLUX art fairs, 2016. Her 2013 installation in No Longer Empty’s “This Side of Paradise,”at the Andrew Freedman House was installed at the Bronx Museum, 2014 in an exhibition sponsored by the Bronx Arts Alliance. The Bronx Museum displayed her sculptural installation ”Urban Regeneration” on its terrace, 2009/10. Exhibiting in Germany began with a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in Berlin and her monumental public sculptural installations & alternative memorials are permanently sited in Cologne, Kassel, Bad Hersfeld & Cornberg, Germany, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey and City of Sculpture, Hamilton, Ohio. Alternative memorials were sited at the CUNY Graduate Center across from Bryant Park, 1989-1995, in Tribeca and at UN Plaza, New York 1997-1998. Recent temporary public sculpture installations were at Westchester Square, Bronx, NY, 2014 and Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, New York City, 2016.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 15 in. x W 18 in. x D 1 in.

    H 38.1 cm x W 45.72 cm x D 2.54 cm

  • Gallery location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference number
    LU17221941803

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