Nicolás Lamas | Assemblage and circulation

Nicolas Lamas hand skull postcard

Friends of S.M.A.K. invite Nicolás Lamas to exhibit at De Vereniging.

In general, Nicolás Lamas’ works reference tensions between the human body as object and matter as an active factor. The idea of the object as an archaeological evidence that appears in certain compositions doesn’t reference to its passivity, and rather functions as a kind of assemblage that has to do with the incorporation of words, images, shapes and found objects to signify the distinctive attributes of those objects as an intrinsic element of a disembodied humanity. Through his eyes, matter often presents itself as a complex archaeological site characterized by a range of inanimate materials, life forms, technological artefacts, times in collapse and linguistic references. These structures combine fiction, life and inertness while triggering a space of transaction between the human linguistic way of apprehension and other forms of activating perception. Both human and non-human negotiate a dynamic entanglement with each other. Similarly Lamas’ oeuvre defies stability. Yet, there are recurrent approaches in his practice such as an interest for industrial products, the traces of humanity on nature or the body/technology entanglement; he also puts forward an aesthetic relationship between his work and rituals that invoke ephemeral images created by impulsive composition and interdependent making.

(Excerpt of the text “Matter exists differently here” by Alejandro Alonso Diaz, published in Nicolás Lamas: The Attraction of the Mountains, Posture Editions)

Biography Nicolás Lamas

The artist was born in Lima, Peru in 1980.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Times in collapse, CCC OD, Life of things fades into nothingness, Spazio ORR, Archaeology of darkness, Meessen De Clercq, Liminality, Sabot, Becoming animal, Tenderpixel, The form of decay, P/////AKT, Todo objeto es un espacio temporal, Fundació Joan Miró, Ocaso, Galería Lucía de la Puente, Loss of symmetry, Loods 12, Potential remains, DASH. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, most notably: Permafrost: Forms of disaster, MO.CO, An exhibition with works by... Witte De With, The penumbral age: Art in the time of planetary change, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Something happened, CCCC, Drowning in a sea of data, La Casa Encendida, Des attentions. Centre d' art contemporain d'Ivry-sur-Seine, The intention of things, Trafó gallery, Notes on our equilibrium, CAB Art Center, Du verb a la comunication. Museé Carré d’Art, A.N.T.H.R.O.P.O.C.E.N.E, Meessen De Clercq, Listen to the Stones, think like a mountain, Tatjana Pieters, Presque la même chose, Kunsthalle Mullhouse, Principio de incertidumbre, The Goma, Fotografía después de la fotografía, Bienal de fotografía de Lima, MAC.

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