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Through: The Fold, The Shatter

Charisse Pearlina Weston

A photo of The Fold
A photo of The Fold

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March 2–April 13, 2021

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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.

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About the artist

Charisse Pearlina Weston

Charisse Pearlina Weston is a conceptual artist and writer whose practice is grounded in a deep material investigation of poetics and the autobiographical to explore the delicate intimacies and reticent poetics underlying black life. Her recent exhibitions include group shows at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; as well as solo exhibitions at Project Row Houses, Abrons Art Center and HOUSING (forthcoming). She has received awards from Artadia Fund For the Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund, Puffin Foundation, Santos Foundation, among others. In 2019 she was a Dedalus Foundation Fellow in Painting and Sculpture and a nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. She is currently an Artist Fellow at the Museum of Art and Design. She holds a MFA from the University of California-Irvine. She also participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2019.

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