Urban Existentialism: Nicola Lopez

25 Sep

It often feels like there is no place left in the world untouched by technology.  Even in some of the most rural areas, you’ll still find yourself within technology’s reach.  The work of Brooklyn artist Nicola Lopez explores the idea of how the saturation of technology is shaping the way we experience the world.

Water, etching, carborundrum collograph and collage, 41×41

Beyond the brilliant depictions themselves, Lopez utilizes the creative process to mirror the transformation the landscape goes through as it is built upon.  From her website– “I use the language of printmaking to address the processes of automation and mass production that have brought today’s world into existence. The specific media of intaglio, woodblock and drawing that I choose to work with, however, are still closely linked to the artist’s hand and allow the work to be about my own attempt as an individual to come up with a system of navigating this overwhelming landscape instead of simply consuming one of the pre-fabricated, mass-produced and -marketed versions, of which there are so many.”

Excerpt from the Flood I, lithograph on paper and mylar, 30×44

Half-Life 7, woodcut and photolithography on mylar collage, 36×48

“As with the evolution of the human-built landscape, there are moments in the construction of my world where the building proceeds according to plans that have already been laid and there are moments when the building precedes its own planning, expanding unpredictably and organically towards an order of a very different sort. Our world is full of the tension between just this order and disorder.. “

Boneyard, woodcut, photolithograph, silkscreen on mylar collage, 22×22.5

To see more of Nicola Lopez’s work, please visit her website.  If you happen to be in Florida, be sure to stop by J.Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach to see Lopez’s show, Multiplicity, which can be seen at J.Johnson until November 2nd.

All images are via the artist’s website.

2 Responses to “Urban Existentialism: Nicola Lopez”

  1. Jo Howe September 25, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Really enjoying these… Thanks for sharing.

    • Lesley September 26, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Jo!

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