View of “Rometti Costales,” 2016. Photo: Paul Nicoué.

Rometti Costales

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View of “Rometti Costales,” 2016. Photo: Paul Nicoué.

For this show of work by Julia Rometti and Victor Costales, who exhibit as Rometti Costales, the gallery’s window was a surface of both transparency and obstruction. On one side was mounted a 35-mm slide, turned red from long exposure to daylight, showing a statue of an Aztec god with plants tattooed on his arms and legs (Xochipilli in Magenta, 2014). The slide was made from a reproduction in the catalogue of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia de México. Like those threatening sculptures that flank the entrances to Asian temples, the image of the statue protected the exhibition from the outside. On the other side of the window, two framed black-and-white photographs were placed back-to-back, one facing inward and one facing out to the street, depicting the skin of a rattlesnake arranged in a diamond-shaped diagram, with one of the reptile’s vertebrae at the center (Summer solstice

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