©2020 Enrique Figueredo
VIAJES DE LA GRAN FLOTA BLANCA (VOYAGES OF THE GREAT WHITE FLEET) 1899 –
Hand-carved plywood, wood, aluminum, steel, casters, house paint, woodcut, screenprint, intaglio, and vinyl letters.
15 x 15 x 6.5 feet, frame 21.5 x 27.25 inches
MFA Thesis Exhibition, January 31 – February 14, 2019, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
The viewers of Viajes de la Gran Flota Blanca encounter a six and a half feet tall, fifteen feet in diameter zoetrope painted black. The zoetrope contains twelve large black and white printed woodcuts. As viewers are prompted to activate the rotation of the zoetrope, the images seen through small vertical windows animate a storm building and passing over the city of Caracas, Venezuela. The exterior and floor of the zoetrope have meandering notched lines, whose woven, crossing paths subtly reference ship routes and El Helicoide, a never completed 1960s drive-thru mall now turned prison in Caracas. Nearby the zoetrope is a framed black and white intaglio appropriating a colonial Caribbean travel book advertisement revised with contemporary symbolism. The Victorian era zoetrope represents the induction and visualization of circular time, or the eternal return, the repetitions of history, and the mixing of the past, present, and future once history is recorded.
Special thanks: Patrick Strzelec, Natalee Cayton, Mark Power, Ben Weathers, Jonathan Adams, Mahsa Biglow, and Iris Ward Loughran.