GLORIA PATRI, 1992

As part of the artist’s ongoing interrogation of gender politics, Gloria Patri (1992), considers the consequences of the war in Iraq in the early 1990s, in particular, for women in the military, who demanded the right to go to the front line and kill the enemy. Although, she addresses this obliquely through narratives about everyday failures of mastery rather than accounts from the battlefield. The dramatically-lit polished aluminum shields, trophies and discs of Gloria Patri are hung at varying heights, making use of peripheral vision. Texts are etched into the surface of the shields and presented with a super-flat metallic shine, parodying the media spectacle of destruction seen from a distance.

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Gloria Patri, 1992
Installation View, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Art Basel Unlimited 2016
Etched and polished aluminum
5 shields, 29 x 24 x 2.25 ins. each
6 trophies, 24 x 8 x 2 ins. Each
20 discs, 17 ins. diameter x 2.25 ins.
31 units total, installation dimensions variable

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Gloria Patri, 1992
Etched and polished aluminum
detail, 1of 5 shields, 29 x 24 x 2.25 ins. each

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Gloria Patri, 1992
Etched and polished aluminum
detail, 1 of 6 trophies, 24 x 8 x 2 ins. each

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Gloria Patri, 1992
Etched and polished aluminum
detail, 1 of 20 discs, 17 ins. diameter x 2.25 ins. each