New work by Nicola López: Parasites, Prosthetics, Parallels, and Partners

February 8, 2019

Parasites, Prosthetics, Parallels, and Partners is an exhibition of large scale monoprint collages and editioned works Nicola López created in the spring of 2017 when she returned to Tamarind for her fourth artist residency with the workshop.

Gathering the artist’s ongoing interest in industry, architecture, and technology into a concentrated grouping, the exhibition conveys the interdependency between life and death—human desire bound to great achievement, often in the face of failure and despair.

The imagery in Parasites, Prosthetics, Parallels, and Partners is informed by an outdoor site-specific installation Lopez created in Southern Austria for which she combined wood in different stages of expiration—pieces of cut lumber with a dead apple tree, still teeming with and supporting life such as lichen, moss, and insects. Here, she harnesses the inherent modular characteristics of printmaking to express how the natural world is shaped by human interactions, using mark-making, color, layering, and transparency as a way to revisit her original installation. Together with a team of Tamarind printers led by Master Printer Valpuri Remling, López hand-printed, cut, and assembled each piece to create two traditional editions in addition to six unique objects, approaching paper sculpture.

About López

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1975; Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
MFA, Columbia University, 2004; BA, Columbia University, 1998

Awards and Residencies

Provost’s Grant; Columbia University, NY (2016); GriffnerHaus; Griffner, Austria, (2015); The Inside-Out Residency, Beijing, China (2012); La Calera Residency, Oaxaca, Mexico (2007, 2009, 2011); NMSBA (New Mexico Small Business Assistance) Program, NM (2010, 2011); Bard Research Fund Grant, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY (2011);Headlands Center for the Arts (Project Space), Sausalito, CA (2006); NYFA Fellowship in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts (2005); Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Graduate Award (2004); Mortimer Frank Traveling Fellowship; Awarded by Columbia University, NY, NY (2004); Assilah Summer Moussem, Artist Residency, Assilah, Morocco (2004); Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, awarded by Brandeis University Brandeis, Mass (1998-9)

Selected Collections

Chazen Museum, Madison, WI; Davison Art Center Collection at Wesleyan University; Detroit Institute of Art, MI; Madison Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe.

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

Un-building Things, installation commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Balcony Lounge; NY, NY (2013-18); In Gentle Defiance of Gravity and Form,Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art; Jacksonville, FL (2016); Un-building Things, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2013); Land of Illusion, Pace Prints Gallery, New York, NY (2013); Invasores e Impostores, La Calera, Oaxaca, Mexico (2012); Inside Out 2012, The Inside-Out Museum, Beijing, China (2012); Intervals: Nicola López, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2011); Shifting Borders/ In TransitOf Bridges & Borders Phase III, Centro Cultural de Espana en Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011); National Museum of Prints, Mexico (2010); Oblique/ Acute, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, VT (2010); 8th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Mednarodni (2009).

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