Exhibition of New Work by Queens Arts Fund awardee Elizabeth Velazquez: Fallacy of Edifice: Cigar Factory.
The work, Fallacy of Edifice, imagines the deconstruction of the ideologies that are reflected in architecture. The history, design, function, and use of a building expresses the way a society operates. Fallacy of Edifice is a mutable, large-scale, site-responsive work that interrogates the histories of architectural structures and honors the land that they are built upon.
The installation, Fallacy of Edifice: Cigar Factory, investigates Cigar Factory as a reflection of ideology rooted in capitalism and settler colonialism. The factory is located in LIC Queens and is a renovated space with a long history connected to land, people, and capital. From the late 1800’s to 1960 hand-made cigars were produced by thousands of laborers employed by the factory. The tobacco plant is a sacred plant. Before its commodification by settler colonists, the tobacco plant was a sacred medicinal plant to indigenous people’s across the Americas for thousands of years. This work honors this sacred plant and addresses the complex history of its transformation and connection to people reflected in a site such as Cigar Factory.
This installation is constructed with fabric, paper, vellum, wood, cord, plastic, acrylic medium, ink, charcoal, and graphite. The installation consists of flexible, fragmented pieces of material that are sewn, glued, stapled, and screwed together to then form a large-scale work.
July 19th, 5pm-9pm
9-20 35th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11106