about the exhibition
San Antonio, TX
June 21–September 23, 2007about the artist
Andréa Caillouet's understated videos and installations dwell upon commonplace subjects that reveal the equilibrium of the human condition. Acting as a catalyst for meditation, her site-specific interventions employ the minutiae of everyday life, guiding viewers toward introspective interaction with her works. In Fortune, 2004, the artist inserted 1,000 folded cards, each printed with the words "longing" and "belonging," into randomly selected library books. This emotive intervention disrupted the otherwise contemplative setting of a library, making those who discovered the cards oddly self-aware. The project thus transcends the conventional artist/viewer exchange to make evident the universal language of associative memory.
Andréa Caillouet received her MFA in Painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1999. She has presented projects at Sala Diaz (2004) and artWHERE? (2002), in San Antonio, TX. Her work has been included in Projections: Contemporary Video and Film, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2003); Tech Talk: Mediated Images, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, TX (2003); and 2001 New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA (2001).
about the exhibition
In Drive, Caillouet frosted the window façade of the exhibition space, selectively exposing a series of trapezoidal shapes that represent the profile of car windows. Viewed only from the exterior of the building from dusk until dawn, video projections cast light into the translucent shapes, illuminating the landscape seen while riding in a car. Seemingly drawn from Americana, the domestic scenes depict grassy lawns, packed driveways, and sunset vistas. By inverting our sense of space-the interior and exterior, urban and domestic-Caillouet disrupts conventional order to reconstruct our interpretation of residential environments. The dizzying effect of vacillating focus and speeding images creates a heightened level of awareness, similar to the experience of traveling in unfamiliar areas.