"I need to create a space that is overpowering."
Pepón Osorio, our current 100 Artists featured artist, is known for developing large-scale artworks that represent a specific experience he or someone has had. Seen here is Osorio’s installation of Scene of the Crime (Whose Crime?) (1993). The police tape in front of the entire piece shows that people are not allowed to enter. Osorio creates a scene in order to force the viewer to try and understand what occurred. The artist, in his 2001 Art21 segment, says of the work: “As you stand and you’re not allowed to come in, then you need to reflect. You need to confront yourself—almost as if I stand a mirror right in front of you.”
This scene is featured in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Place (2001).
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Place, 2001. © Art21, Inc. 2001.