Prints and Artifacts by Veronica Corzo-Duchardt
Public Works Gallery
1539 N Damen Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622
Friday, December 2, 2011 – 7-11pm
Artist Veronica Corzo-Duchardt’s Neche Collection is a set of minimal, atmospheric prints and print / photo diptychs that retell the story of her grandfather Neche’s life across an archive of his precious, quotidian possessions: shoe horns, graph paper, toys. After Neche’s death, Veronica inherited items that spoke clearly about his heritage as a Cuban exile of Lebanese descent, and as a career accountant. She also inherited her grandfather’s desire to document. Making use of abstracted color fields, re-contextualized language and representative graphic renderings, Veronica translates these material touchstones into a paper narrative of her familial history.
Her process is suggestive of a widespread contemporary condition: if today we find ourselves floating between many places, people, and things, perhaps our best way of making sense of our ephemeral memories and intangible experiences is to glean meaning out of material patterns and physical artifacts. While each print is elegant on its own, in combination they reveal complex storylines. While each memory is poignant on its own, in combination they trace the shape of a life.