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Nicola López

American, b. 1975

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Nicola López

American, b. 1975

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With an anthropologist’s eye, Nicola López draws upon cartography and uses printmaking, drawing, collage, and installation to create maps of the physical and psychological experience of contemporary cityscapes. López sees these landscapes as saturated with signs of contemporary life: speed, mobility, technology. “My work incorporates these signs,” she explains, “exaggerating and reconfiguring them in order to build maps that convey the sense of wonder and vertigo that is inevitable as we face the landscape of today’s world.” López’s compositions pulse with energy, as delicately rendered, jumbled masses of chords, armatures, pipes, wires, construction fencing, beams, and concrete columns fill her works on paper, bursting off the page. Her site-specific installations, like Landscape X: Under Construction (2011) for the Guggenheim, New York, enclose viewers in an industrial dreamscape, a reference both ethereal and literal to the world outside the museum’s doors.

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Guggenheim Museum
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum
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Greater New York
Biography

With an anthropologist’s eye, Nicola López draws upon cartography and uses printmaking, drawing, collage, and installation to create maps of the physical and psychological experience of contemporary cityscapes. López sees these landscapes as saturated with signs of contemporary life: speed, mobility, technology. “My work incorporates these signs,” she explains, “exaggerating and reconfiguring them in order to build maps that convey the sense of wonder and vertigo that is inevitable as we face the landscape of today’s world.” López’s compositions pulse with energy, as delicately rendered, jumbled masses of chords, armatures, pipes, wires, construction fencing, beams, and concrete columns fill her works on paper, bursting off the page. Her site-specific installations, like Landscape X: Under Construction (2011) for the Guggenheim, New York, enclose viewers in an industrial dreamscape, a reference both ethereal and literal to the world outside the museum’s doors.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York
Articles Featuring Nicola López
Tate Curator José Roca Spotlights Eight Up-and-Coming Latin American Artists
Nov 11th, 2013
Tate Curator José Roca Spotlights Eight Up-and-Coming Latin American Artists
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