I have searched and searched to find and create a portal. A portal to where, I don't know. I am not concerned so much with what comes after the portal--rather, with what comes before. How can I present the possibility of escape all while exposing its impossibility? Work around the physical body, metaphysics, prosthetics, illusion and language has all arisen out of this search. I am currently working through video, sculpture, and photography to best describe the concepts at hand. For example, in my video We Have Lift Off, I am trying to highlight a communication gap between dog and person through the continuous futility exhibited in the scene. Pigeon, the dog, has no framework for understanding what I am showing him, yet he is wholly eager to please. In the piece, Levitation Chair, there is a similar sense of failure. Presented is a chair floating above a floor, yet the apparatus that enables it to do so is entirely exposed. Hopefully, this creates a layer of demystification atop the initial marvel of a floating chair. I am attempting to illustrate complexities in communication/interaction/language, expectations about art, and how we might attempt to make something impossible, possible, all while exposing its impossibilities.
Cara Levine, From the series Black Hole/Native Place?, What's Your Native Place, 2, Yelehanka, Bangalore,
India, July 2011. Photograph, sizes variable.
Cara Levine, From the series Black Hole/Native Place?, What's Your Native Place, 3
Cara Levine, The Man in the Chair with the Broken Leg
Cara Levine, Portal: The Trouble With Building a Hole in the Floor
Cara Levine, SawHorseFly