An interview with Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos (1971, Spain) is a New York-based artist and preservationist best known for making monumental casts of historically charged buildings. Drawing from his formal training in architecture and preservation, Otero-Pailos’ art practice deals with memory, culture, and transitions, and invites the viewer to consider buildings and functional objects as powerful agents of change. Many of his artworks are made by preserving parts of monuments deemed insignificant by others, whether it be dust, or entire building parts. In this way, his artworks render visible the invisible.

The latest creation by Jorge Otero-Pailos is in Lyndhurst’s natatorium, the last remaining unrestored and unused outbuilding on the Lyndhurst estate. Watershed Moment will remain on view through the summer of 2021.

Watch below an interview with Jorge Otero-Pailos, separated into short clips about his process and the method behind the Watershed Moment exhibition.

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