William Cordova’s work has wove itself into the public’s conscious as of late, through sculpture, drawings, installation and public art projects that investigate and deconstruct the cultural landscape; marshaling new material, knowledge and readings of the architecture, sites and media that are marginalized by the forced predominance of other, status quo perspectives. For his ThreeWalls exhibition, the house that frank lloyd wright built for atahualpa, fred hampton y mark clark, Cordova developed projects that echo people and events in recent Chicago history while linking them to past histories from different parts of the world. In doing so he challenges the way we assume, consume and many times erase what is relevant or beneficial to our social make up and survival.
The combination of Cordova’s research and the evocative work it manifests, comprise a palette that articulates both personal and shared experience. Including public site markers that continue his ongoing Landmarks series, a billboard project with BASE (a collective of artists, writers and activists that Cordova frequently works with) and a small publication set alongside discrete work at ThreeWalls, Cordova’s gestures act as provocations which, according to New York based artist/writer (and sometimes collaborator) Leslie Hewitt: “force new readings, translating back and forth the convergence [of] image, text, and material [that] capture[s] seemingly dormant battles of ownership and conquest.”
William Cordova is a current resident in the CORE program at the Glassel School of Art in Houston, TX. Solo exhibitions include Pachacuti (stand up next to a mountain) and P’alante at Arndt & Partner, Zurich and Drylongso (Pichga Suyo) at PS. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, NY. Along with inclusion in numerous group shows throughout the US, Cordova has curated several group exhibitions in New York, Florida and California. His work will be featured in the upcoming, 2008 Whitney Biennial in New York, NY.