Nicola Lopez, photo credits - Guggenheim

Nicola Lopez /   Nicola López

United States 1975

Installation, Prints, Collage, Drawing

Nicola Lopez
Nicola López
United States
June 13, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Nicola López is an American artist who works in installation, drawing and printmaking. Her installation work incorporates printed elements and various other materials creating industrial environmental landscapes with objects of construction and architectural decay. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nicola received a BA in anthropology and MFA from Columbia University. She also attended Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine as well as the School of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She teaches at Columbia University in New York City.

Nicola López’s Urban Landscape

Through her work in printmaking, drawing and installation, Nicola López explores our contemporary, primarily urban, landscape. Her focus on describing “place” stems from an interest in urban planning, architecture and anthropology and it has been inspired by time spent working and traveling in countries such as Mexico, Peru and Morocco. López builds her work by layering image upon image, often drawing upon cartography and using printmaking, collage, drawing, and installation to create maps of her own visions of urban cityscapes. Abandoned contemporary environments appear in a state of decay, or perhaps left only partly completed.

Nicola Lopez - Facade, 2013, photo credits - Artribune
Nicola Lopez – Facade, 2013, photo credits – Artribune

Monument series

In her Monument series made in 2009, Nicola López depicts a landscape that is somewhere between present and future, but mostly defined by its past. The central forms in every image from the Monument series are pieces of a bigger construction that was once whole but has now mostly fallen down, contributing to the fields of ruins out of which the Monuments rise.
Although López’s collapsing built environments suggest this natural process of decay, they are still charged with potency and even grace.
I describe a world that is beautiful and full of destruction that contains moments of order and symmetry and yet hangs on the edge of spinning beyond our control. My images do not propose a clear picture of reality, but ask the question of where we really are and where we might be going.” – Nicola López

Nicola Lopez - Monument VI, 2009, photo credits - Caren Golden Fine Art
Nicola Lopez – Monument VI, 2009, photo credits – Caren Golden Fine Art

Un-building Things

López’s site-specific work Un-building Things was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Balcony Lounge, New York, in 2013. López created Un-Building Things using linocut and monoprinting techniques on top of mylar forms that were laser-cut from hand-drawn stencils. The elements of the piece were printed and assembled by López, in collaboration with Pace Editions’ printers, over the course of two months, then installed on-site in the Balcony Lounge by the artist. The first commission, Un-building Things is on view until mid 2016.

Nicola Lopez - Un-building Things, The Balcony Lounge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013, photo credits - Pace Prints
Nicola Lopez – Un-building Things, The Balcony Lounge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013, photo credits – Pace Prints

Landscape X: Under Construction

López’s site-specific installation, Landscape X: Under Construction was made in 2011, as part of the Guggenheim’s Intervals series, designed to reflect the spirit of today’s most innovative practices. A sculptural collage environment in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda, Landscape X: Under Construction enclose viewers in an industrial dreamscape, a reference both ethereal and literal to the world outside the museum’s doors. Using various printing and collage methods, López has created a situation where the exterior floods the interior, the grid invades the spiral, and distortion trumps order.

Nicola Lopez - Landscape X - Under Construction, the Guggenheim Museum, 2011, installation view, detail, photo credits - Arts Columbia
Nicola Lopez – Landscape X – Under Construction, the Guggenheim Museum, 2011, installation view, detail, photo credits – Arts Columbia

Awards and Exhibitions

López received an MFA Graduate Award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and support for her work through a NYFA Fellowship in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts, among others. She completed residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, La Curtiduría in Oaxaca, Mexico and the Inside-Out residency in Bejing, China.
Nicola López has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in prestigious galleries and museums in the United States and internationally, including MoMA, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, the Denver Art Museum, the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, among others.

Nicola Lopez - installation view, solo show Land of Illusion, 2013, Pace Prints, Chelsea, NY, photo credits - Pace Prints
Nicola Lopez – installation view, solo show Land of Illusion, 2013, Pace Prints, Chelsea, NY, photo credits – Pace Prints

Work in Collections

Nicola López work is in many notable private and public collections including Chazen Museum, Madison, WI, Davison Art Center Collection at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico DF, Mexico, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, to name a few.

Nicola López lives and works in Brooklyn.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015LIFT: Contemporary Printmaking in the Third DimensionKnoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TNGroup
2015Paper CutSubliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015Under 35: Part IIIZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2014One Valley Over, a World ApartArroniz Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico DF, Mexico Solo
2014Forecasting an Impossibly Possible TomorrowElizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2014Half-LifeOregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, ORSolo
2014Babel Revisited:History Repeats ItselfSavannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GASolo
2014DRAWThe Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2014The Big Picture ShowInternational Print Center of New York, NY, NYGroup
2014Conversation: Installation-ObjectUS Bank – Ascent Private Capital management, Seattle, WAGroup
2014DAS : Zwischen Raum ZeitPitch Projects, Milwaukee, WI Group
2013Land of IllusionPace Prints Gallery, NY, NYSolo
2013Morphology of the PrintLehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NYGroup
2013Se Traspasa. Proyectos NomadasMuseo de Arte Moderno, Mexico, DF, MexicoGroup
2013The Beauty of Friends Coming Together I and IIThe Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2013Collecting is Curiosity, Collecting is InquiryNew Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2013Interruption: 30th Biennial of Graphic ArtsInternational Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, SloveniaGroup
2013Summer Group Exhibition 2013Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013The Land Before and After TimeAccola Griefen Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013New Prints 2013, WinterIPCNY, New York, NYGroup
2012Invasores e ImpostoresLa Calera, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MexicoSolo
2012Notes on the TowerTamarind Institute Gallery, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NMSolo
2012Following the Line: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection of Francie Bishop Good and David HorvitzGirl’s Club, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2012Inside Out 2012The Inside-Out Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Space InvadersLehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NYGroup
2012Pasiones Contemporaneas: Arte Americano, Europeo y Latinoamericano de la Coleccion Serapion y BelkMuseo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, PRGroup
2012Emergencia: Denuncia Grafica (Carpeta grafica) Galeria Thomas Flechel, Mexico DF,Group
2012Apertura 01: Visiones Plurales sobre una Violencia Comun (Carpeta grafica) Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca (IAGO), Oaxaca, Mexico Group
2012From the Ground UpPaul Mesaros Gallery at University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WVGroup
2012New Mexico: 100 Years of ArtLas Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NMGroup
2011Intervals: Nicola LopezSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NYSolo
2011MaranasnArroniz Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico DF, MexicoSolo
2011Structural DetoursPace Prints Gallery, NY, NYSolo
2011Full Fathom FiveJenkins Johnson, NY, NYGroup
2011Pressing Ideas: 50 Years of Women’s Lithographs from TamarindNational Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DCGroup
2011Shifting Borders, In Transit, Of Bridges and Borders Phase IIICentro Cultural de Espana en Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2011Fractured EarthLesley Heller Workspace, NY, NYGroup
2011Impressive StonesFinnish National Gallery: Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, FinlandGroup
2010Small TransformationsElizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR Solo
2010Nicola Lopez: Urban TransformationsMesaros Galleries at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVSolo
2010Exquisite222 Shelby St. Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010 Ink: New Trends in Contemporary PrintmakingCenter for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CAGroup
2010Caligrafias Urbanas (project: 115 parabuses de la ciudad de Mexico)Museo de la Ciudad, Mexico D.F., MexicoGroup
2010Bad Boys, Magic Ladies and Timeless MastersMorgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OHGroup
2010Raw State222 Shelby St. Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at FiftyUniversity of NM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2010Estampas, Independencia y la RevolucionMuseo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico DF, MexicoGroup
2010Publisher’s Showcase: Tandem PressPace Prints Chelsea, New York, NYGroup
2010A Changing Surface: Prints in the Age of Digital MediaCenter for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CAGroup
2010Spring ThawChiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010Does the Angle Between Two Walls Have a Happy EndingFederica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, ItalyGroup
2010Oblique - AcuteBrattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VTGroup
2010Phantom SightingsMuseo del Barrio, NY, NY Group
2010New Prints 2009, AutumnLeonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2010America Printmaking NowNational Art Museum of China, ChinaGroup
2009ShadowlandCaren Golden Fine Art, NY, NYSolo
2009Nicola Lopez: Urban TransformationsChazen Museum, Madison, WISolo
2009Una Intervencion Sobre el Siglo XVIICentro de Cultura Casa Lamm, Mexico City, Mexico Group
2009Party at Chris’s Housecurated by Phong Bui, Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009New Prints 2009, AutumnIPCNY, New York, NYGroup
2009Next Wave FestivalBrooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009FuturescapeContemporary Art Galleries at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CTGroup
2009EmbraceDenver Art Museum, Denver, COGroup
2009With Help from our Friends: New Acquisitions to the Davison Art Center CollectionDavison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CTGroup
2009Summertime 09Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Cleveland, OHGroup
2009Fresh From ChelseaUniversity Gallery, UF College of Fine Arts, Gainesville, FLGroup
2009InvasiveSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Phantom SightingsMuseo Alameda, San Antonio, TXGroup
2009Esto Es AquelloArroniz Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2009A Fragile RealityElizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2008TangleCruz, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2008Transformation CityPace Prints Chelsea, NYSolo
2008Phantom SightingsMuseo Rufino Tamayo, DF, MexicoGroup
2008Claiming Space: Mexican Americans in U.S. CitiesStanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TXGroup
2008INprintSCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2008Phantom SightingsLos Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CAGroup
2008In jeder Sprache heisst das Gleiche andersDina4 Projekte, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Future Tense: Reshaping the LandscapeNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NYGroup
2007Constriction ZoneFranklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MNSolo
2007The Orpheus SelectionP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NYGroup
2007Consumption JunctionColumbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OHGroup
2007American SoilNerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KansasGroup
2007Tamarind Institute: Creation, Education, CollaborationGovernor’s Gallery, State Capitol of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2007Sicalipsis ArtN2 Galeria, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007Landscape ArchitectArts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NYGroup
2007The Art & Artifice of ScienceThe Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe at 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM Group
2006OverGrowthCaren Golden Fine Art, NY, NYSolo
2006Globalization and Its Side EffectsEspacio 1414, San Juan, PRGroup
2006This is ThatArroniz Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2006Scenic OverlookCenter for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2006Works on PaperRebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHGroup
2006Joan Mitchell Foundation MFACUE Art Foundation, NY, NYGroup
2006Paper CutsVoges + Partner Galerie, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2006FragileVoges + Partner Galeria, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2006Drawing Conclusions on the WallGuggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CAGroup
2006Since 2000: Printmaking NowMuseum of Modern Art, NY, NYGroup
2006The (S) FilesMuseo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PRGroup
2006ActivatorBates College Museum, Lewiston, MaineGroup
2006Seeing Is BelievingBronx River Art Center, Bronx, NYGroup
2005VertigoCaren Golden Fine Art, NY, NYSolo
2005The (S) Files, The Selected FilesEl Museo del Barrio, NY, NYGroup
2005Swallow Harder: Selections from the Ben and Aileen Krohn CollectionThe Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
200510th National Drawing InvitationalArkansas Art Center, Little Rock, ArkansasGroup
2005Dreaming of a More Better FutureCleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2005Hot Town Summer in the CityCaren Golden Fine Art, NY, NYGroup
2005Nicola Lopez, John CopelandIrvine Contemporary Art, Washington, DCGroup
2005Greater New York 2005PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NYGroup
2005ARCO 05Madrid, SpainGroup
2005Micro Universe: Visions of the Artist’s MindThe Lab Gallery, NY, NYGroup
2004MerrySideshow, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004Saturacion IIGaleria Biblioteca Lino Picaseno, UNAM, Ciudad de Mexico, MexicoGroup
2004SCOPE Miami 2004Miami, FLGroup
2004Desire LinesFusebox, Washington, DCGroup
2004After GoyaLeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2004Atravesando FronterasEl Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2004Martha and MeGallery OneTwentyEight, NY, NYGroup
2004Columbia University MFA Thesis Show 2004Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2004FreehandMarvelli Lab, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004Object of DesireLeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2004SuperSalonSamson Projects, Boston, MAGroup
2003Maps and Other MythsLACS Gallery at SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NYSolo
2003MerrySideshow, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2003SaturacionInstituto de Artes Graficos de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MexicoGroup
2003Dress Me UpSOIL Art Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2003First-Year MFA ExhibitionMiriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2002Merry MerrySideshow, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2002ProcessionLeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2002Myth and HybridLeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2002Bon a TirerBrooklyn Front Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2002Artist BooksHolland Tunnel, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2002In Xochitl In Cuicatl : Flor y Canto : Reflections from Nuevo MexicoMuseum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2002Artist Books and FoliosLeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2002Made in BrooklynS. Cono Pizzeria, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2002Brewster ProjectSite-specific Arts Event, Brewster, NYGroup
2002Art & Performance by WomenSideshow, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2002We Love Our CustomersConsulate General of the Republic of Hungary, NY, NYGroup
2002Artists’ BooksLeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup
2002Territorios ColindantesEl Museuo Cultural, sponsored by La Voz Festival de las Americas, Santa Fe, NMGroup
1999Rescatando la HistoriaMuseo de Arte Contemporaneo, Cusco, PeruSolo
1999TransplantesTaller de Manuel, Cusco, PeruSolo
1999Muestra Pictorica Colectiva de la Sociedad de Artistas del CuscoMuseo de Arte Contemporaneo, Cusco, PeruGroup
1999InvasoresTaller de Manuel, Cusco, PeruGroup
1999Solitary VicesSite 21-21, Albuquerque, NMGroup
1997Untitled (two-person exhibitPostcrypt Gallery, St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, NY, NYGroup