“Space implicates invisible relations. It has the ability to fill itself with codes, speak, multiply and limit what happens around it. Based on this idea, it offers opportunities to start dialogues and exchanges, so that it can work as a pedagogical tool.” – Nicolás Paris
Starting from the idea of occupying the exhibition space as a pedagogical possibility, Nicolás Paris constructs his poetics centered around the senses, activated by the artistic experience in a broad sense. Drawing on minimal gestures in the composition of his works and subtle interferences on ordinary objects to destabilize the observer’s perception, the artist elaborates his pieces with devices that go beyond writing and often transform into playful experimental creative exercises. Galeria Luisa Strina is pleased to announce between tomorrow and yesterday or the paths of a detour, second solo show of the Colombian artist in the gallery. From a idea that he started to develop in 2015 at the Berardo Collection Museum, Paris assembles suspended structures along with objects, drawings, plants, videos and workshops throughout the space. The pedagogical aspect of these workshops, based on the idea of occult curriculum (*), are the core of his work and will be offered to independent and affiliated educators in São Paulo.
Recent solo shows include: “ejercicios para sembrar relámpagos”, Caixa Forum, Barcelona (2017); “Petricor”, NC-Arte, Bogotá (2016); “Quatro variações à volta do nada ou falar do que não tem nome”, Museu Berardo, Lisbon (2015); “Micro-eventos o la posibilidad de equivocarnos”, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora (2015); “Room for Us”, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2013); “Ejercicios de Resistencia”, MUAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2012); “Desaprender”, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2012). Paris has participated in projects and group shows in museums and institutions such as: CRAC Alsace; Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City; MOCAD, Detroit; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; CEAAC, Strasbourg; EACC, Castello; Manchester Art Gallery; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson / NY; CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; Banco de la República Museum, Bogotá; SFMOMA, San Francisco; MOCA, North Miami; Drawing Room, London; MUSAC, León; Antioquia Museum, Medellín; MACBA Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona, among others.
(*) The idea of occult curriculum consists in the things that the participants / students learn through the experience of attending a classroom / institution besides the educational objectives of such institutions.