Fall 2005 Window Works

Calamity; Red, White, and Blue

  • Fall 2005 Window Works
  • Exhibition Dates: Jul 21,2005 - Oct 09,2005
  • About the artist
  • Rae Culbert at work cropRae Culbert

    Born in England and based in San Antonio, Rae Culbert examines world history and politics in installations crafted from found objects. Constructing inhospitable environments that exude the dank aura of crime scenes, Culbert turns viewers into detectives who seek cluesRead more

About the exhibition

Culbert’s WindowWorks projects explore political and artistic subterfuge, sabotage, cover-ups, and conspiracies. Using an empty, smashed-open safe to breach Artpace’s 445 North Main Street windows, Culbert’s Calamity alludes obliquely to politicians’ hollow, destructive ambitions to “break into” places where they do not belong. Red, White, and Blue refers more directly to the havoc and tragedy such invasions wreak. Inscribing text from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s response to Al Qaeda’s London bombings on a magenta-painted window (the color representing the proportional combination of the red, white, and blue in the American flag), Culbert questions the human cost of collusion with the world’s greatest superpower.