Luis Camnitzer

Object Boxes

1970s

The Form Generating the Content, 1973-1997

Mixed Media

7.69h x 9.96w x 1.98d in (19.53h x 25.29w x 5.03d cm)

Rainbowed Statement, 1973-1975

Mixed media

12.25h x 9.88w x 2d in (31.12h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

The Book of Wishful Thoughts and Realities., 1975-1978

Mixed Media

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

Casa; Hogar, 1973-1976

Mixed Media

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

The Protagonist and His Setting, 1977

Mixed Media

13.88h x 9.94w x 2d in (35.24h x 25.24w x 5.08d cm)

El Instrumento y su Obra, 1976

Mixed Media

13.81h x 9.80w x 1.98d in (35.08h x 24.89w x 5.03d cm)

Arquetipo; Simbolo; Estereotipo; Gaviota Solitaria Contra el Cielo del Crepusculo, 1973-1976

Engraved brass plaque, laminated ink on rice paper, glass and wood

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

Piece of Glass or Plastic on a Sheet of Glass or Plastic, 1973-1976

Mixed Media

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

Fragment of a Mountain Projectile Object Resembling Stone; Pre-Columbian Leftover Found in N.Y., 1973; Construction Element; Stone, 1973-1976

Mixed Media

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

Telescope, 1973-1976

Mixed Media

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

The Reason of Alchemy, 1973-1976

Mixed media

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

Transmutacion de Pintura en Aluminio, 1973-1976

Mixed Media

13.50h x 9.90w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.15w x 5.08d cm)

Una que Cubre la Palabra que la Nombra, 1973-1976

Mixed media

13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)

A) Objeto Cubierto Por Su Propia Imagen. B) Objeto Cubierto Por La Imagen Del Observador., 1971-1974

Mixed media

13.50h x 9.90w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.15w x 5.08d cm)

Postage Stamp, 1973

Stamp cut out of brass and silkscreen, glass, wood

12.25h x 9.75w x 2d in (31.12h x 24.77w x 5.08d cm)

Description

Luis Camnitzer
Object Boxes
1970s

In the early 1970s, Luis Camnitzer focused his interest on making objects, a shift marked by the significant and unique Object Boxes (1973-78). The wooden boxes with glass fronts and backs bear brass plates low on their faces, engraved with a title in English or Spanish, and contain additional elements. Continuing in Camnitzer’s tradition of overtly linking image and word, the Object Boxes allow the viewer to assume and identify a relationship between the coupled elements and text. However, the works exist neither as definitions nor illustrations, as the text on each box predates its contents. Ultimately, the relationship between language and object remains a spontaneous construct, a narrative assembled by the viewer.