Through: The Fold, The Shatter
Charisse Pearlina Weston
Through: The Fold, The Shatter continues Charisse Pearlina Weston’s twofold material investigations into the ways in which glass––as architectural and surveillance material––creates encounters of perceived visibility, intimacy, and power. Focusing on tactics developed from “Broken Windows Theory,” Weston’s project examines intimacy, the built environment, and anti-Black protocols of movement and sight/seeing.
A phrase developed by social scientists James Wilson and George Kelling in the early 80s, Broken Windows Theory argues that “One unrepaired broken window is a signal that no one cares, and so breaking more windows costs nothing.” In other words, in neighborhoods where there are visible signs of decay and disorder, more decay and disorder can be expected in the future. The detrimental effects of this theory of this can be seen in both sanctioned and unsanctioned stop-and-frisk policies in areas experiencing urban decay, along with pervasive narratives of criminality that haunt BIPOC.
Meditating on the way that broken windows, in Broken Windows Theory, comes to symbolize breach and invasion, Weston will create a series of hand-folded glass sculptures, etched with fragments of writing by the artist. The work’s central element will feature a balanced glass installation.
On view: November 11, 2023–January 25, 2024
Marcela Torres and Assembly
September 14–November 10, 2023
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