Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art May 22nd to July 2nd, 2003
Dancing in the Dark: Aljira Emerge 2002
Alava-Crisostomo has moved from lyrical installations of manipulated personal objects to creating evocative wall-mounted Works of string, leedles, Word, and paper. They are charged with a sense of memory and an aura of slow, physical deteroration. In hes smaller works she has transformed her tools—needles, thread, and small scraps of wood—into delicate, almost weightless works of art. But her fascination with memory is best embodied in her use if letters—torn and shredded into small bits, with each scrap individually and systematically pinned to the wall in carefully but endearingly imperfect large-scale grids. These fragile, ephemeral murals (or are they sculptures?) have hundreds of tiny paper bits hanging in wavering rows, and their individual paper pieces, triggered by the room's atmospheric currents, quiver, tremble, and vibrate very much like a metaphorical archive of memories responding to the human presence.
Calvin Reid, Curator.