TV Guide, 2017
SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NYC
Curated by Suzanne Kim
Exploring Spring Break’s theme of Black Mirror, Cate Giordano’s installation, TV Guide, is a meditation on how media affects our personal histories. The piece turns common objects into cinematic language, focusing on gesture rather than facsimile, creating a compressed representation of the American home.
Originally from Pensacola, FL, Cate Giordano lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Cate makes sculptures, shoots videos, and performs in various states of cross dress. Her work conveys a grotesque America, one influenced by TV folklore, faded icons, and daily banalities. Cate makes sculptural sets that are often host to character based performances that reference cinematic tropes and gendered archetypes. Haphazard costuming, mustaches secured with masking tape, poorly fastened wigs, and tactical over acting call attention to the transparency of the performance, making drag itself into a sculptural gesture that parodies the gendered expectations inherent in the plot. Cate explores the friction between objects and actors and the intrinsic artifice of the narrative form.
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