The 3rd Zone: Consistent Inconsistency
Curated by Gerda Govine-Ituarte
Burro" - Oslyn Whizar
Colaborativo Uno (1) Nueve (9) Siete (7)
Opening night reception: Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 7-10 pm
The 3rd Zone is a space and place corralled by the Tijuana-San Diego border
- the busiest and most utilized land crossing in the world. In 2005 over
18 million vehicles and 50 million people entered the 3rd Zone. The occupants
of the Zone are a mix of people living in Tijuana, San Diego County and
Los Angeles County.
The 3rd Zone masses are bombarded by huge glaring digital billboards inviting
a captive audience to buy homes, cars, clothes, medical and plastic surgery
services. Merchants and panhandlers compete for the attention of drivers,
motorcyclists and walkers in limbo who have no where to go except straight
ahead. Time moves in slow motion holding everyone hostage in a human
conveyor belt that is laced with surprises, some pleasant, some not.
Staying alert whether by foot or car is the mainstay of taking up residency
in the 3rd Zone -- albeit anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours. Every
day is a new day enveloped in the consistent inconsistency.
Special Thanks to: Chris & James Cook; Luis Ituarte, artist; Carolyn
Williams; Alex & Jaylene Moseley; Rebecca S. Rojas, Ph.D; and COFAC
June 13 through July 5, 2009