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Nicola López, OverGrowth

Caren Golden Fine Art
539 West 23rd Street, 212-727-8304
September 7 - October 14, 2006
Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6 - 8 PM
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In her new installation work and drawings López continues her investigation into the relationship between nature and technology. Although nature itself rarely makes a direct appearance in her work, it is constantly present both in its glaring absence and in technology’s organic patterns of growth, mutation and parasitism. Looking at the hulking structures of pylons twisted into tree-like forms, the creeping vines of cables and tubing, and architectural structures swirling with the ferocity of a hurricane, we are presented with a world grown wild and beyond control. In creating images of cityscapes and structures that struggle against themselves as they strive towards order and yet verge on the edge of breakdown, López questions our society’s insistence upon growth and glorification of technology.

It is apparent that to López this story does not simply end where the utopian dream goes bad. There is another chapter in which the border between nature and technology begins to blur, where a new life cycle emerges as nature itself co-opts the very building blocks of our man-made world. We are forced to ask if this indicates a triumph of what is built or what is natural—or if they are even truly separable from one another. In either case, will this version of “unnatural” nature ultimately thrive or will it bend and break under its own weight?
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