LMAKprojects is pleased to present Nayda Collazo-Llorens’ third solo exhibit with the gallery titled Across Doom Hopes the Guiding Fever. For this exhibition, the artist continues her exploration of how our minds process information, dealing with perception, navigation and language, but further exploring concepts of noise and randomness. The exhibit consists of prints, works on canvas, and a wall drawing installation.
The title of the show is borrowed from Random Triggers, a series of works made up of randomly generated text printed onto target sheets; language in these works is both disjointed and multi-referential. When walking into the exhibition space the viewer is faced with a drawing that envelops the whole back area of the gallery. Viewed from a distance the drawing flattens the space, however as you step into the area the optical illusion transforms into a distorted pattern emphasizing the perceptual tension between the drawing and the wall. The wall drawing is echoed in the work on canvas with a map like system, exploring concepts of navigation and noise, as marks amass, connect, collide and repel in an organic yet systematized way. All works in the exhibit deal with similar concepts and themes yet each approach differs in response to its context, whether on printed matter, canvas or the architectural space itself.
Nayda Collazo-Llorens, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, received an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Upcoming projects for this year include a solo show at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; Revolú*tion, a text-based intervention on the façade of a building at the 3rd Poly/Graphic Triennial, San Juan, PR; and Reverb, a site-specific multi-channel video installation at the Museo Universitario del Chopo, in Mexico City. Her work has recently been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico, the 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba; the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; and El Museo del Barrio in NYC. She also produced a permanent public work at University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, and Art News, among others. She is a 2012 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.