Ignacio de Lucca
November 12 – December 30, 2015
Praxis is pleased to present Emotional Landscapes, the solo exhibition by Ignacio de Lucca (b. 1960 Misiones, Argentina).
A reception to celebrate the opening will be held at 541 West 25th Street, on Thursday November 12th, 2015, from 6 to 8 pm.
From the drop to the river; the drop falls to the earth and feeds plants which, in turn, yield fruits that will then be seeds amidst roots that give shape to treetops where birds live and the jungle breathes.
Thousands of drops, water, with which Argentine visual artist Ignacio de Lucca reconstructs fragments of the vegetation of the province of Misiones on white sheets of cotton-like clouds.
Everything happens at once. There is no before or after. In Ignacio de Lucca’s paintings, nature seduces to release maps of thought at whose core lies a biomorphic chain-the architecture of a living organism. This is where movement undoes hierarchies.
Branches, monkeys, reeds, nests, and coatis set the pace in a circular time in which, like a prickly japencanga-liana typical of the jungle of Misiones, thousands of layers constitute a silent force to dispel excess and salvage the void.
Paintings like haikus, fragments of colors of vastness, brief poems built from moments embedded in the earth, water, sky to insinuate a dialogue as complex as it is poetic between beings we think we recognize since they try to look like they belong to this world.
De Lucca confesses that his works are born of an impulse, a drive where chance flows, indifferent to anything formal and mindful only of a changing palette in the midst of rapture that gives origin to rhizom¬atic shapelessness.
The meaning of his watercolors lies in the flow of desire. It is with this rhythm that he maps the region where birds, bulls, and vines compose planes brimming with connections of inevitable beauty.
Waves, winds, eggs that are rocks; birds that become wings, sea urchins. And, in the midst of this cel¬ebration of pictograms, shadows vanish, forms come undone to insinuate a network of tissue internal to the landscape.
The leading players change in the body of work produced by this artist from Misiones. First it was rhi¬zomes with a more figurative and subtropical complexity; then so many tree-like forms that enveloped us in their playful carnality and mirrors; now these maps of color have arrived in this geological evolution-a constant excuse to paint. In them, the nests of carancho and japecanga birds remind us that we are always in the same place –the embodied and ungraspable bush of Misiones– but also someplace else: the silent space of more philosophical painting that threatens at times to become geometric.
Watercolors of the floating world, scenes surrounding a bank-less river in which Ignacio de Lucca pays tribute to shadows by celebrating painting.
Ignacio de Lucca Born in Apóstoles, Misiones, Argentina in 1960. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires, in 1986. By that time he was already developing his artistic work. In 1997 he participated in the Antorchas
Foundation Program “New Painters from NEA”, in Misiones. He was selected to participate in the Paintings Edge Program with the artists in Idyllwild, California, in 2004.
He lives and works in Buenos Aires.
Selected solo exhibitions: 2015 Emotional Landscapes, Praxis, New York. 2013 Limbo, Machete Gallery, Mexico City. 2012 Arborescencias, Palatina, Buenos Aires. 2010 Pinturas, Galería Palatina, Buenos Aires. 2008 Subtrópicos, Oficina Proyectista Gallery, Buenos Aires. 1999 Rizoma, Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires. 1998 Ramas, NEA Cultural Center, Resistencia, Chaco. 1997 Ramas de Apóstoles, Misiones Cultural Center, Posadas, Misiones.
Selected Group exhibitions: 2014 Delta, Viviana Blanco, Delfina Bourse & Ignacio de Lucca, Palatina Gallery, Buenos Aires. 2013 MacUNaM Ehibition, FNA- National Fund for the Arts, Buenos Aires; Juan Yaparí Museum, Posadas, Misiones. 2012 Series Perdidas, Schlifka Molina Gallery, Buenos Aires. 2011 Subasta, Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires; Oficina Proyectista Gallery, Buenos Aires; ArteBA fair, Palatina Gallery, Buenos Aires. 2010 Klemm Prize, Buenos Aires; Una antología del dibujo contemporáneo, Chez Vautier Gallery Buenos Aires; MIA (Miami International Art) & Palm Beach Art Fair, Florida, USA. 2009 Palatina Gallery, Buenos Aires; Oficina Proyectista Gallery, Buenos Aires. 2008 Arte de Misiones, Recoleta Cultural Center; Mediomundo, Museum Night, Buenos Aires. 2007 Pertenencia, FNA- National Fund for the Arts, Buenos Aires; Arte de Misiones, Juan Yaparí Museum, Posadas. 2004 Paintings Edge, Idyllwild, California, USA. 2002 Contemporary Museum of Art, Misiones National University, Posadas.
Awards: 2002 Accésit Prize, Aerolíneas Argentinas Prize, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, 2010 “Honour Mention”, Painting Prize, Fundación Banco de la Nación Argentina.