Christian Hincapié

2022 Aim Fellow

Biography

My work is equal parts research-based, studio-based, and made in collaboration with public space. Though I am a project-based artist and my work is varied in form, I often work through expanded forms of reproducible print and image making. I often utilize juxtaposition and contrast as a key conceptual and visual methodology to question power, permanence, and hierarchy in the context of New York and the concept of the metropolis. With my work, I aim to bring together the material traces that reflect the simultaneous presence of both distinct individuals and the effects of power over the world. From my studies and observations I create site specific projects and serial works that speak about what is between presence and absence; visibility and invisibility; capital and loss; change and stasis; the private and the public. My work brings a respectful curiosity for the inhabitants and the patterns of occupation which guide existence within urban spaces. Ultimately I strive to understand the individual’s place in history, time, and the present.

Artist Statement

My work is equal parts research-based, studio-based, and made in collaboration with public space. Though I am a project-based artist and my work is varied in form, I often work through expanded forms of reproducible print and image making. I often utilize juxtaposition and contrast as a key conceptual and visual methodology to question power, permanence, and hierarchy in the context of New York and the concept of the metropolis. With my work, I aim to bring together the material traces that reflect the simultaneous presence of both distinct individuals and the effects of power over the world. From my studies and observations I create site specific projects and serial works that speak about what is between presence and absence; visibility and invisibility; capital and loss; change and stasis; the private and the public. My work brings a respectful curiosity for the inhabitants and the patterns of occupation which guide existence within urban spaces. Ultimately I strive to understand the individual’s place in history, time, and the present.

Decisions at a Desk, Exhibition View, 2020
At work on "Robert Moses Rorschach Test", Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 2018
Detail of Flattened Penny and World Trade Center Trident (Elongated Coin with Plans for World Trade Center “Typical Tree” by Yamasaki Associates) 
 1997-2020 
 Graphite on Diazotype (blueprint)
, 42” x 82” Image courtesy of Christian Hincapié
Blueprint For a Warp in the Loom (Rubbing of a Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police Officer Challenge Coin), 2020
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