Nicola López: Structural Detours will be on view at Pace Prints Chelsea gallery from April 22nd through May 28th 2011. There will be an opening reception Thursday, April 21st from 6-8 PM.
The exhibition will feature ten new large-scale monoprints, printed and published by Pace Editions. López, who is by training a printmaker, uses the language of printmaking to create an exploration of the human-constructed world (especially urban-industrial landscape) as a dynamic system that is simultaneously terrifying in its vertiginous speed/growth/glut/unsustainability and awesomely magnificent in its richness and tremendous possibility.
“Structural Detours presents a more abstract and intuitive exploration of this theme in which familiar images become the building blocks for more formal compositions…in which each object is distanced from its original use. Maybe this distance is evidence of systemic breakdown? Maybe evidence of a re-prioritization of aesthetic- over use-value that I think is largely characteristic of our culture today? Maybe it is just evidence of my fascination with the visual beauty/possibility in this world—as reflected not only through the imagery but also the choice of materials on which the images are printed.” – Nicola López
Nicola López (b. 1975) was born in Santa Fe, NM, and lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BA and MFA from Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited across the USA, Central and South America, and Europe, including MoMA in NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in LA, the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City and the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO.