Christine Cassano’s “Black Box” exhibition at the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art is a collection of sculptures, paired with ambient music and video projection. The artist’s goals are to create work that represents multiplicity: humanity’s progression with technology and nature’s regression because of technology.
While the artist creates very uniformed forms that have an appeal of being of the earth (they are earthware constructed blocks), there is also tension because of the industrial presence of gears, metal, and references to more contemporary technologies.
The video piece included is more ethereal than the other works in the show, mostly because it is in a more private and intimate space, as well as contains a projection of what is potentially galaxies and the stars above us. There is an existential tension here, as we the viewer reflect on our understanding, and use of technology there is also proof of the limitless strength and breadth that is nature, and really how even without the human component, nature would survive on its own and continue to evolve and change.