In FORECASTING an IMPOSSIBLY POSSIBLE TOMORROW, Nicola López explores the general theme of the ‘Tower of Babel’ from the book of Genesis. López depicts the cycle of the formation and destruction of an urban mass using varying techniques. The artist uses printed elements and stop-frame animation to gradually create a landscape that, once it has reached the apex of construction, is then demolished only to rise and fall again. The repetitive nature of her work echoes that of a child stacking building blocks, one on top of another until they eventually topple over leaving only the materials and ambition to start again. In her installation, prints and video, López replaces building blocks with abstracted architectural objects reminiscent of a Myan temple and the Arc de Triomphe among others, to further examine the connection between the very human traits of hubris and hope in the face of impending failure.
Nicola López was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1998, attended the Skowhegan School in 2002 and in 2004 received her MFA from Columbia University. In 2011, López was invited to build an installation in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY). López’s work has been exhibited throughout the USA and internationally including, The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), the Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City) and the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO).
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