What do you find at the end of the world?

Last December 6 I found myself in an art gallery checking out the first solo exhibit of Carina Santos entitled Excavations from the End of the World.

Carina is a writer, artist, book hoarder, graphic designer, and plenty of other things. Knowing her as a friend has given me opportunity to snoop around her own belongings and enviable personal library, which can keep me happily occupied for many long hours. In many ways, the exhibit reminded me a lot about being in her room, where things are randomly but not-so-randomly composed… like there’s a story behind the pretty and ordinary things here and there, and you’re an outsider caught in the middle of something bigger than you’re aware of.

This exhibit is inspired by the feeling of being one of the last remaining archeologists rifling through the remnants of an apocalyptic event. Moving from one piece to the next felt like peeking into somebody else’s private world, as though someone was in the middle of putting together a message when the world suddenly came to an end. And here you are, wondering, and filling in the spaces. I found myself examining the pieces carefully, making sure not to miss any secret meaning hidden somewhere in the details.

The pieces in this entry are my favorites. It’s too bad they were sold before I arrived.

Here’s how the exhibit was laid out:

These collages were made through a process of selecting and putting together books, photographs, string, and other objects to create new contexts. You will see objects sliced, burned, and cropped in very specific ways for you to gather new perspectives out of juxtapositions, words, layers, what’s been taken away, and what’s been left behind.

The exhibit will be up until the end of the 2011 at West Gallery. You should also see the new work of Luis Santos, Frederick Sausa and Kaloy Sanchez exhibiting in the same place. Drop by and check them out soon!

Certainly looking forward to the next post-apocalypse, or whatever comes next.

Photos via West Gallery and Carina Santos at Nothing Spaces.