Luis Camnitzer

 

Object Boxes

 1970s
A) Objeto Cubierto por Su Propia Imagen. B) Objeto Cubierto por la Imagen del Observador. (1971-1974)
Aluminum, engraved brass plaque, glass, wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
A) Objeto Cubierto por Su Propia Imagen. B) Objeto Cubierto por la Imagen del Observador. (1971-1974)
Aluminum, engraved brass plaque, glass, wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Postage Stamp (1973)
Stamp cut out of brass and silkscreen, glass, wood 
12.25h x 9.75w x 2d in (31.12h x 24.77w x 5.08d cm)
Postage Stamp (1973)
Stamp cut out of brass and silkscreen, glass, wood
12.25h x 9.75w x 2d in (31.12h x 24.77w x 5.08d cm)
Rainbowed Statement (1973-1975)
Cut wood letters, acrylic paint, glass, wood 
12.25h x 9.88w x 2d in (31.12h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Rainbowed Statement (1973-1975)
Cut wood letters, acrylic paint, glass, wood
12.25h x 9.88w x 2d in (31.12h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Arquetipo; Simbolo; Estereotipo; Gaviota Solitaria Contra el Cielo del Crepusculo (1973-1976)
Engraved brass plaque, laminated ink on rice paper, glass and wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Arquetipo; Simbolo; Estereotipo; Gaviota Solitaria Contra el Cielo del Crepusculo (1973-1976)
Engraved brass plaque, laminated ink on rice paper, glass and wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Casa; Hogar (1973-1976)
Aluminum, engraved brass plaque, glass, wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Casa; Hogar (1973-1976)
Aluminum, engraved brass plaque, glass, wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Piece of Glass or Plastic on a Sheet of Glass or Plastic (1973-1976)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Piece of Glass or Plastic on a Sheet of Glass or Plastic (1973-1976)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Fragment of a Mountain Projectile Object Resembling Stone; Pre-Columbian Leftover Found in N.Y., 1973; Construction Element; Stone (1973-1976)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Fragment of a Mountain Projectile Object Resembling Stone; Pre-Columbian Leftover Found in N.Y., 1973; Construction Element; Stone (1973-1976)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Telescope (1973-1976)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Telescope (1973-1976)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
The Reason of Alchemy (1973-1976)
Brass plaque, glass, resin and cut Mason's plumb
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
The Reason of Alchemy (1973-1976)
Brass plaque, glass, resin and cut Mason's plumb
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Transmutacion de Pintura en Aluminio (1973-1976)
Aluminum, engraved brass plaque, glass, wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Transmutacion de Pintura en Aluminio (1973-1976)
Aluminum, engraved brass plaque, glass, wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Una que Cubre la Palabra que la Nombra (1973-1976)
Engraved brass plaque, epoxy, glass, and wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
Una que Cubre la Palabra que la Nombra (1973-1976)
Engraved brass plaque, epoxy, glass, and wood
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
The Form Generating the Content (1973-1997)
Broken glass, engraved brass plaque, glass and wood
7.68h x 9.96w x 1.97d in (19.51h x 25.3w x 5d cm)
The Form Generating the Content (1973-1997)
Broken glass, engraved brass plaque, glass and wood
7.68h x 9.96w x 1.97d in (19.51h x 25.3w x 5d cm)
The Book of Wishful Thoughts and Realities. (1975-1978)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
The Book of Wishful Thoughts and Realities. (1975-1978)
Mixed media
13.5h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)
El Instrumento y Su Obra (1976)
Pencil, rope, engraved brass plaque, glass, and wood
13.82h x 9.8w x 1.97d in (35.1h x 24.89w x 5d cm)
El Instrumento y Su Obra (1976)
Pencil, rope, engraved brass plaque, glass, and wood
13.82h x 9.8w x 1.97d in (35.1h x 24.89w x 5d cm)
The Protagonist and His Setting (1977)
Mixed media
13.88h x 9.94w x 2d in (35.26h x 25.25w x 5.08d cm)
The Protagonist and His Setting (1977)
Mixed media
13.88h x 9.94w x 2d in (35.26h x 25.25w x 5.08d cm)

About this Series / Project

Luis Camnitzer
Object Boxes
1970s

In the early 1970s, Luis Camnitzer focused his interest on making objects, a shift marked by the significant and unique Object Boxes (1973-78). The wooden boxes with glass fronts and backs bear brass plates low on their faces, engraved with a title in English or Spanish, and contain additional elements. Continuing in Camnitzer’s tradition of overtly linking image and word, the Object Boxes allow the viewer to assume and identify a relationship between the coupled elements and text. However, the works exist neither as definitions nor illustrations, as the text on each box predates its contents. Ultimately, the relationship between language and object remains a spontaneous construct, a narrative assembled by the viewer.

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