Mateo López

Palm Line Clock Hand

April 05 — July 02 2016

Galeria Luisa Strina is pleased to present Palm Line Clock Hand, the second solo exhibition by artist Mateo López (Bogotá, 1978). His work shifts between drawing, video, sculpture, design and performance.

As well as occupying Room 2 of the gallery, Mateo will reactivate part of the original space of the Galeria Luisa Strina, which operated for 35 years but has been closed since 2010 (*). The intention is to transform this area into a space for projects, where artists have greater freedom to experiment.

In the current space, ten drawings on paper and two sculptures will be exhibited, which works refer to animations and serve as studies for the project, which involves animation and actions. On the first floor of the old space – located two blocks away from the new gallery, at Rua Padre João Manuel 974A – the artist will make a video-installation composed of nine animations, new sculptures and objects. The terrace will host an interactive sculpture whose shape will allude to a clock and on certain Saturdays the choreographer and dancer Eduardo Fukushima, invited by the artist to participate, will present a choreography created for the occasion, mirroring the ideas explored in the videos and drawings (**).

The intention is to achieve a double transformation: from drawing to video and from video to body movements. The idea emerged from the fact that the artist’s studio is located in an old dance studio in New York and, parallel to that, being in the study, sitting, studying, standing up, experimenting and even drinking coffee all create a kind of choreography, which varies from day to day.  ­

Mateo López’s work has been exhibited worldwide. His most recent solo exhibitions were: ‘A Room inside a room’, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (2015); ‘Constelaciones’, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín (2014); ‘Irregular Hexagon’, The Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (2012); ‘Maio’, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2011); ‘Made to Measure’, Gasworks, London (2010); ‘Deriva’, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2009).

The artist has also featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2016), The Drawing Room, London (2015); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013); 43 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Colombia (2013); Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2011); 29th Bienal de São Paulo (2010).

His work is included in several public collections: MOMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Coleção Berezdivin, Puerto Rico; CACI Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Brazil; Banco de la Republica, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá; Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador; CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami.


Exhibition dates: April 5 to May 21 2016.
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm / Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
(*) Gallery hours original space (Rua Padre João Manuel 974A): Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 6pm.
(**) Date and performance hours: Saturdays, April 9 and 16 and May 14, at 5:30pm (limited availability / free of charge).


For more information, please contact Flávia França

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