Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ISEA2012 Collaboration: Nicola López at Tamarind Institute

The Tamarind Institute is presenting, Notes on the Tower, a solo exhibition of the Santa Fe-native, Brooklyn-based artist Nicola López.  Her work has been featured in exhibitions at MoMA in New York, LACMA in Los Angeles and most recently has had solo exhibitions at PACE Prints Gallery and the Guggenheim Museum, both in New York. Tamarind welcomed her back for a second printing residency and the exhibition showcases a series of three new lithographs and a site-specific installation simulating a studio-like environment or rather, an experimental sketchbook of sorts that allows gallery visitors insight into her conceptual process. Using the Biblical narrative of the Tower of Babel as her inspiration, her work investigates our obsession towards constructing the impossible.

Impromptu table carving as part of her gallery "studio space" installation.
Working through some ideas

The story

New prints created from her recent printing residency: Infrastructure +1, +2, and +3
Detail of Infrastructure +2
Detail of Infrastructure +3
From the press release: Ideal Structures for a Dubious Future,  is a suite of Seven Explosive Intaglio prints. This edition was printed from intaglio plates that resulted from a unique collaboration between Nicola López, artist Gandalf Gaván, and Los Alamos scientist Bryce Tappan. The process involved the original transfer of original drawings to copper plates through an explosive impact designed by Tappan. Tappan combined forces with López and Gaván under the auspices of a grant from the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program. The resulting suite of images of imagined buildings reflects López’s thoughts about “structures that come into being through a moment of violent impact." 
Notes on the Tower is on view through December 21st

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