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“In his work Waiting for the Enemy, artist Glexis Novoa explores the political realities created by having a border surrounded by water. A drawing of graphite on marble slate, it features a shoreline observation tower, topped with communication antennas. Across the water in the distance sits a city skyline. Where the viewer’s attention is immediately drawn, however, is the lens of this tower. Instead of a camera or viewing window, inside sits a giant eye, staring directly back at the viewer. The effect is eerie, and in looking at the work I was torn between looking away and staring back. The work forces you to consciously make this decision, coercing you into interacting with it; whatever you decide though, you can’t shake the feeling that you’re being watched. This, of course, is the intent when considered in context of the work’s setting. This is a nation keeping constant watch over its borders, and the suggestion seems to be that the water border fosters a sense of big-brother paranoia – the interesting geographical position of these countries make them particularly vulnerable.”By Berkley Todd, CUarts Blog (Columbia University Arts Blog); August 16, 2012.