[This article originally was published at Entropy magazine on 18 February 2019]
When entering the first exhibition room at the James Cohan Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district, an imposing site-specific, brick wall created by the Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake immediately confronts visitors. Titled Amerika, the structure boasts hulking dimensions: 33-feet long and 6-feet tall. Its domineering presence physically separates patrons from other artworks in the show—Borders—and acts as a striking, visual spectacle infrequently seen in such a space.
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