BOUND/ARY is an installation featuring the image of graffitied Nopal cacti captured in 2019 at Morro Rock in California. The piece utilizes artificial LED tubes within a free-standing, six-panel, sculptural folding screen. The work represents a duality on two levels. A Nopal cactus, more commonly known as a prickly pear cactus, can be both beautiful with beneficial properties, but the spines are a reminder to approach cautiously, and consider the unknown. The folding screen is also intended to represent many sides –– hiding and revealing to the viewer, evoking a fragmented memory, a deconstructed image that needs to be processed in a unique way.
This photo/light sculpture represents the separation from others and the process of reconnection. The boundary exists but one is able to encircle it, peak around it, see themselves in relation to it. Is it safe to approach? Are things as they seem? Has an environment been altered? The viewer can lean in to observe a detail, then the image dissipates, dissolves, contracts, reveals a portion of itself then expands and coalesces once again as one walks along the piece.
Baclawski is known for creating photographic light installations that move the medium into newly deconstructed ground beyond the tradition and constraints of the photographic frame.
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Bound/ary, 2021 –– khaki and peach acrylic, pre-finished Maple plywood, archival pigment backlight prints, clear polycarbonate tubes, 6' LED bulbs, Lift-off hinges, Stinger cable –– Edition of 2 –– 134" x 82" x 12"
Land acknowledgment: The Salinan Indians and the Northern Chumash