May 21, 5:14PM


May 21, 5:14PM

Artist: Cara Despain
Title: May 21, 5:14PM
Year: 2016
Materials: Concrete


Cara Despain contributes an enigmatic, stand-alone sculpture for “Words on Paper.” With a date and time stamp for a title, “May 21, 5:14pm” (concrete, 2016), the three pieces of cast wood hold the corner of the gallery like they hold a secret. The object looks ashen, impermanent, as though it might dissolve if its foam core base is infringed upon, but it actually stands solid as a monument. Perhaps a better descriptor would be: petrified memorial. The appeal to stop and transform time is a consistent factor in Despain’s practice. Even down to the writing contributed to the reading events for the exhibition, where she scripts her own cinema or isolates the gesture of a glance and unwinds and unpacks the moment into its molecular component parts or recounts each of seven lightning strikes that plagued Roy Sullivan’s life. Despain’s material interpretations and interruptions are transformations that linger in the memory, culled from and outside of time.

– Sara Ellen Fowler




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Cara Despain
About The Author
- Cara Despain was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Utah (2006). In 2012, she was selected for the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award in the visual arts, and in 2016 she was selected for the South Florida Consortium Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Autobody in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Locally Sourced at the American University Museum in Washington D.C.; Voces Feroces in Santiago, Chile; open sesame at The Lumber Room, Portland, Oregon; and Seeing the Stone solo exhibition at Contemporary Utah Art Center in Salt Lake City. In Miami recent exhibitions include Fantastical Vizcaya at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Slow Burn solo exhibition at Spinello Projects, and No Man's Land at Rubell Family Collection. In 2014 she was the Art Director for the feature length film The Strongest Man that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. She is also a founding board member of the Davey Foundation, a grant-giving foundation that gives grants to emerging filmmakers and playwrights.