The Nineteenth Hole

Reception: Sunday, January 5th from 3:30-5:30pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-6pm
Location: 120 Essex Street (inside Essex Street Market)

Click here to watch of video of The Nineteenth Hole in action at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, created by Chynna Campbell with music by Sutu.

The Nineteenth Hole is an unconquerable putting green, which relates the challenges of the game of golf with the universal frustration of being unable to fulfill one’s ideals. The unattainability of being able to sink the ball into a hole opens up questions pertaining to how achievement is defined, and questions whether expectations of success impose a “win or lose” view on life. Santos’ work examines the relationship between existing opinions and the unstable and shifting play of everyday appearances. To this end, she alters structures and creates scenarios to assert improbable circumstances and imaginative places that disrupt the viewer’s existing perceptions of reality and question the state of their lives.

The public location and context of Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is an ideal setting for the work as people come to the Essex Street Market to shop and eat for leisure. A putting green is a complementary leisurely experience, which draws people into the space with the prospect of successfully achieving another activity within the market. Upon realizing the impossibility of the set up and the betrayal of an unplayable putting green, The Nineteenth Hole becomes a continual reminder of the things that cannot be attained nor conquered; this becomes more so for repeat visitors to the market.

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