The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Amalia Pica’s first solo show in France opens at La Criée
Amalia Pica, A∩ B∩ C, 2013 Installation view with performance. Museo Tamayo, Mexico. Courtesy Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam; Herald St., London; Johann Koenig, Berlin; Marc Foxx, Los Angeles.
RENNES.- Argentinian artist Amalia Pica’s first solo show in France is a continuation of a project begun at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City in the summer of 2013. At La Criée she is presenting a group of sculptures and a new film in which she pursues her formal and political exploration of mathematical set theory. Pica’s works suggest systems of exchange, transmission and reception of information, at the same time as they offer a fresh reading of the avant-gardes and abstraction.

The issue of communication – of the statement and the performativity of verbal and non - verbal language – is a core concern for an artist committed to exploring its systems and modes of functioning. Through sculpture, photography, installation, performance and video, her work sets out to define the communicational codes we share beyond the barriers of language.

At the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 Pica presented Venn Diagrams (under the spotlight), a projection of two coloured circles inspired by the set theory John Venn developed to describe the logical-mathematical relantionships of inclusion and exclusion. The Venn diagram reference is especially significant for this artist: under the 1976–1983 dictatorship in her native Argentina the diagrams were banned from the school curriculum on the grounds of their subversive potential for instigating group dynamics and expressions of collectivity. Thus her work foregrounds the inherent political aspect of information exchange.

Since 2013, first at Museo Tamayo in Mexico with the exhibition A∩ B∩ C, then at Herald St. Gallery London, Kunsthalle Lisbon, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, and now at La Criée Rennes, Pica has been replaying the issues raised by Venn’s diagrams.

For A∩ B∩ C she arranged coloured geometrical plexiglas shapes along the gallery walls: the exhibition was regularly activated by performers who brought the shapes together at the centre of the space, held them up in a way that gave rise to certain combinations, put them back in a different place, and then repeated the exercise forming a new composition.

Photographs and a film resulted from these performances and the film is being shown at La Criée together with a group of sculptures specially made for the exhibition. A joint venture with Mexican filmmaker Rafael Ortega, the film shows the shapes at rest, their slow activation by the performers and then the way they are combined, making up a new «sentence» each time. As an attempt to start at the crucial point (the intersection) the two screens projection starts with such close angles of the shapes that the narrative appears extremely abstract and it slowly unveils the performance as the zoom travels outwards.

The sculptures – metal structures with the same coloured Perspex shapes suspended from them – are memorials of the different compositions formed by the performers in the film . Functioning as «fixatives» of the shapes meetings, these visual statements form possible interpretations and narratives. Moreover the series synthesises many aspects of the history of abstract sculpture, including Minimalism, Kinetic Art and Constructivism.

Amalia Pica’s exhibition at La Criée is a wordless narrative, an invitation to reflect on the construction, composition and effectiveness of all narrative and all language: in short, a visual semiotics.

Today's News

June 6, 2014

Portrait of the esteemed figurative painter Robert De Niro, Sr. to debut exclusively on HBO

Full-size Egyptian sarcophagus with deep provenance and its own passport offered at Artemis Gallery LIVE

Important works by Giacometti lead Christie's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Mondrian and his Studios: Exhibition at Tate Liverpool presents key works by Mondrian

Dallas Museum of Art acquires early nineteenth-century Johan Christian Dahl painting

Sotheby's Paris Impressionist & Modern Art Sale totals outstanding $32.4 million

Kunsthaus Zürich stages major retrospective featuring American artist Cindy Sherman

New Neighbours: Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Dutch Masters at the Alte Pinakothek

The Morgan Library and Museum exhibits masterpieces from Oxford's famed Bodleian Library

Exhibition of works by nine abstract painters opens at Tibor de Nagy in New York

Exhibition of the recent photographic work of Diane Tuft opens at Marlborough

New mobile application highlights National Gallery of Canada's Canadian art collection

Navajo classic manta leads $1.0 million Native American Art Auction at Bonhams

Cahiers d'Art announces the release of a new publication with watercolors by Thomas Schütte

Exhibition featuring paintings by Jorge Tacla opens at the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

Rare Mickey Mouse animation cel and background from 1935 may bring $60,000+ at auction

Russian giants of the art world Roerich and Faberge top Bonhams £6.2 million sale

Vereinslokal Utopia: A walk-in installation by Goldproduktionen opens at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Josef Dabernig's first comprehensive retrospective exhibition in a museum opens at mumok

Exhibition of new paintings by Juan Uslé on view at Frith Street Gallery

Sotheby's successful Sale of Contemporary Art in Paris totals $39 million

Amalia Pica’s first solo show in France opens at La Criée

Solo exhibition by Paris-based Lebanese painter Walid El Masri opens at Ayyam Gallery London

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New light shines on Sandro Botticelli masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery

2.- Cincinnati Art Museum's Van Gogh exhibition brings guests Into the Undergrowth

3.- Degas retrospective debuts in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

4.- Special exhibition features large-scale photography by Richard Mosse & Edward Burtynsky

5.- Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door

6.- An unprecedented, international-loan exhibition of works by Claude Monet is at the Kimbell Art Museum this fall

7.- Exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek explores Rousseau's landscapes

8.- Yoko Ono unveils her first permanent US art installation

9.- ArtReview's annual Power 100 names Hans Ulrich Obrist as the artworld's most powerful figure

10.- British artist David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful