The Argentinian artist, alongside a crew of six men and women also from Argentina, constructed the New Museum’s piece over the course of the last month, often putting in 12 hour days to build the futuristic sculpture that looks like something that fell from outer space.
Just a couple of miles downtown, Rojas has another installation that seems as though it’s from an entirely different world than his clay tower on the Bowery—Before My Birth, a site-specific installation at the World Financial Center Plaza.
While A person loved me has no relation to modern human culture—it’s from lightyears in the future, almost—Before My Birth is a series of clay and wood structures that evoke some of Le Corbusier’s Brutalist principals albeit very obviously constructed by human hands and emotion, as they’re mottled with cracks and roughly-hewn edges. (The sculptures even contain human objects such as a tire, apples, and a spoon embedded within them.)
If A person loved me is the end of human culture, Before My Birth was intended to be the beginning.
As with A person loved me, this installation will be destroyed after its time in New York, another testament to Rojas’ vision of unending change and evolution. As Rojas told The New York Times, “I really love the idea of not having a body of work.”
– Laura and Ryan
The New Museum Triennial: the Ungovernables runs through April 22. Before My Birth is on display through March 29.