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Making Waves
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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2

Polyprophylene Pyramid


Although it has the luminous quality of a distant Star Trek metropolis, its message is very here and now. Louis Hock’s viridescent Pirámide del Sol was part of an exhibit of his work shown at the California State University Long Beach’s museum, August 29 through October 15. Inspired by the Pyramid of the Sun, the principal pyramid at Chichen Itza in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Hock’s pellucid, plastic pyramid consists of hundreds of polyprophylene berry baskets. Subtitled “a monument to invisible labor,” the six-foot high installation prompts inevitable comparisons between the labor used in the construction of the pyramid and the field laborers gathering strawberries in California. Hock is a professor in UCSD’s department of visual arts, and his work over the last 20 years has included films, videotapes and media installations, including his four-part series The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law (1986). This latest exhibit included his Nightscope series—thermal images of illegal immigrants captured by the U.S. Border Patrol’s night vision cameras. From pyramids to peregrinations Hock continues to focus on the border and the politics of immigration.

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Marnette Federis, '06, Beverly Gallagher, '98, Raymond Hardie and Inga Kiderra.


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