Lorena Espitia Torres

1983 en Bogotá, Distrito Especial de Bogotá, Colombia
Lorena Espitia
Reside en Bogotá, Distrito Especial de Bogotá, Colombia
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Although my work engages in a sustained dialogue with painting, it is a dialogue that fosters tension in order to reconsider the varieties of what is called “painting” and to understand the reaches and limitations of the social definition of the “painter”. Often, my projects respond to specific circumstances that allow me to destabilize my own position as an artist by exploring heterogeneous representational strategies—those of advertising and graphic design, of the early Russian avant-gardes and popularized paleontological knowledge, of Godard's early films and vernacular science fiction—and by researching the possibilities of unfamiliar materials. My work is conceived as a medium for learning, and the characteristics of each project develop in light of an autodidactic urge to deal with topics such as the iconography of extinction, the cognitive potentialities of diagrams, the visual representation of social struggles or the connection between acts of vision and acts of motion. In 2012, during ... a residency in Mexico City, I produced "A Failed Calling", after working for three months in a traditional rotulero workshop, confronting the artisanal production of commercial imagery in public spaces with the aspirations of Siqueiros’s and Rivera’s Great Mexican Muralism. On another occasion, as a commentary on the abuses of an art dealer, I videotaped myself destroying one of my paintings with a hammer, which I then put back together out of the resulting small fragments. During another residency in Nürnberg I produced "Sentimental Journey", an exploration of tourism, and an attempt to use the patient work of embroidery as a way of weaving affects and the possibility of a counter-nationalist heraldry. In 2012, I won the prize Nuevas Propuestas, hosted by the Alliance Française, where I exhibited "Remake", an installation featuring sculptures, a mural in chalk and a video-homage to Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise (1967), where I enact iconic sequences from the film, referencing the history of armed struggle in Colombia and its problematic usage by local artists. In 2013 I was invited to contribute to the biennial 43 Salón Nacional de Artistas, and in 2014 I produced The Fabrication of Facts, a solo show that, drawing from pedagogical materials from the Museum of Natural History in Paris, analyze the scientific representation of natural processes. For my solo exhibition "Unfollow Me, Morning Star" at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin (2017) I produced a series of 5 motorized paintings based on video studios of road travel in the vicinity of Los Angeles, California and then I produced “still” copies of these paintings, installed in reverse order, allowing spectators to experience the divergence between both presentations of the “same” image and the unexpected motionless elegance of images composed to be perceived in motion. The exhibition also included a series of paintings in which I shift my interest in the visual representation of biological phenomena, from a historical to a speculative dimension, seeking to envision potential microscopical or cosmic phenomena through paintings and sculptures that undermine the semantics of scientific and visionary abstraction. Between 2005 and 2009 I was a member of El Bodegón, an independent artist-run space that produced more than a hundred exhibitions of Colombian and international artists along with other events. I am the bass player for the bands Las Ruinas Telepáticas, Montón Volador (since 2012) and Aurora Rampante (since 2015). I hold a BFA from the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California. ----------------------------------Bogotá, Colombia, 1983 EDUCATION 2017 MFA in Art, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 2007 Bachelor of Visual Arts. Universidad Distrital – Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá, Bogotá - Colombia SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 [Unfollow Me Morning Star ],D300 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California Deja de Seguirme Estrella Mañanera [Unfollow Me Morning Star ], Museo de Arte de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia 2016 Cruise Control Runs Remote, Mid-Res Exhibition, L Shape Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia California 2015 Home & Away. In Situ installation, 7 de Agosto, Bogotá, Colombia 2014 La fabricación de los hechos [The fabrication of facts]. Galería Jenny Vilá, Cali, Colombia 2013 Viaje sentimental [Sentimental journey]. Kunst -& Kurhaus Katana e.V, Nürnberg, Germany La vida, el universo y todo lo demás [Life, the universe and everything else] Galería Valenzuela & Klenner, Bogotá 2012 R E M A K E. Alianza Francesa, Bogotá 2012 Un llamamiento fallido [A call that failed]. Galería La Trampa, México D.F / M I A M I Gallery, Bogotá 2011 El lugar de las cosas que nunca aprendí II [The place of things I never learned II]. Lugar a dudas, Cali 2010 Arte político decorativo [Political decorative art]. Galería Christopher Paschall, Bogotá 2009 El lugar de las cosas que nunca aprendí [The place of things I never learned]. Centro Colombo - Americano, Bogotá 2008 Estructuras modulares para la transformación del mundo [Modular structures for world transformation]. Lado B - Arte Consultores, Bogotá 2007 Hambre Deluxe [Hunger Deluxe]. Galería Santa Fe (Sala Alterna), Bogotá 2006 Menufactura [Menufacture]. El Bodegón (contemporary art and social life), Bogotá 2005 Estamos Fritos [We’re done for]. Sala Alterna Galería Mar, Bogotá GROUP SHOWS (SELECTION) 2018 Scroll(painting/film screening series), The REEF L.A, Los Angeles, California 2017 Dysfunctional Formulas of Love, The Box Gallery, for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Getty Foundation), Los Angeles, California Shadow Box, AR Projects, Los Ángeles, California Clothing Optional, Night Gallery, Los Ángeles, California 2016 Need A Show For This Title, California Institute of the Arts, D301 Gallery, Valencia, California The Group Show: MFA 2 Mid-Res Group Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts D300 Gallery, Valencia, California 2015 Home & Away, Fell House, Wakefield, United Kingdom 2014 La vuelta a Colombia [The tour of Colombia]. Itinerant show, Colombia Terrícola [Earthling]. Museo de Arte de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia La materia degenerada [Degenerate matter]. Espacio El Parche, Bogotá, Colombia Textos visibles, audibles y legibles 2004-2014 [Visible, audible and legible texts 2004-2014]. Galería Santa Fe Bogotá, Colombia ¡Qué bonito! [How pretty!], Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia 2013 Saber Desconocer. 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de artistas. Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia El azote del culo [The scourge of ass]. Espacio La Quincena, Bogotá, Colombia. “Nueva”: Nueva pintura colombiana [‘New’: New Colombian painting]. Museo la Tertulia. Cali, Colombia Revolución & simulacro [Revolution & simulacra]. Museo la Tertulia. Cali, Colombia 2012 Manimal. The Warehouse Art. Bogotá Navidad de navidades [Christmas’ Christmas]. L.A galeria. Bogotá 2011 Intentos para un mundo perfecto. [Attempts at a perfect world].Salón de Arte BBVA –Nuevos Nombres Banco de la República. Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá Analogies. Now Contemporary Art, Miami 2009 Franquicia pirata [Pirate Franchise] (Klassenkämpfe: Víctor Albarracín & Lorena Espitia). Collaborative project at Carlos Amorales’ Nuevos Ricos exhibition. Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel Salón de Arte Bidimensional. Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá ArtBo – Artecámara Pavillion. Corferias, Bogotá Casa de citas [Date House]. Museo de Antioquia, Medellín Piratería sentimental [Sentimental Piracy].La Residencia, Bogotá 2008 Ciertas cosas, cosas ciertas [Some things, certain things]. Lado B - Arte Consultores, Bogotá Salón de Arte Joven Colsanitas. International Art Fair of Bogotá. Corferias 2007 Siguiente por favor. [Next please]. Galería Nueveochenta, Bogotá Inoxidable Neopop [Rustproof Neopop].Galería Santa Fe, Bogotá Por pintar [For the sake of painting]. Galería Cu4rto Nivel, Bogotá 2006 IISalón de Arte Joven ElNogal. Club el Nogal, Bogotá Salón de Arte Digital. Fundación Gilberto Alzáte Avendaño, Bogotá El marco es lo que vale [The frame is what counts]. El Bodegón (contemporary art and social life), Bogotá 2005 VIII Salón de Estudiantes ASAB. Galería ASAB, Bogotá Desearía que estuvieras aquí [Wish you were here]. Espacio la Rebeca, Bogotá 2004 Sin formato [Format-less]. Ministerio de Cultura, itinerant show PRIZES AND RESIDENCIES 2017 - 2018 Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. 2015 Scholarship for International Studies abroad, Jóvenes Talentos Grant, Bank of the Republic, Bogotá, Colombia 2013 Residency at Kunst -& Kurhaus Katana e.V, Nürnberg, Germany 2012 Prize, Nuevas Propuestas 2012 - Alianza Francesa, Bogotá, Colombia 2012 Residency at FONCA, México D.F. 2011 Mention, Salón de Arte Bidimensional, Bogotá, Colombia 2009 Mention, Salón de Arte Bidimensional, Bogotá, Colombia 2008 1st. Prize, Salón de Arte Joven Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia 2007 Residency as part of El Bodegón collective at MDE 07, Medellín, Colombia 2006 1st. Prize, II Salón de Pintura Joven Club el Nogal, Bogotá, Colombia PUBLICATIONS (SELECTION) 2014 Pequeña biblioteca- Arte colombiano del siglo XXI[Small library-Colombian art of the XXI century]. Bogotá Revista Matera #10/11: Masacote. Bogotá OTHER PROJECTS 2016 Bass player and singer for Aurora Rampante, Los Ángeles 2015 - 2012 Bass player for Las Ruinas Telepáticas and Montón Volador, Bogotá 2012 - 2010 Part of the curatorial committee for a project of temporary occupation of art spaces, La Parte Maldita, Bogotá 2009 – 2005 Member of the independent space El Bodegón (Contemporary Art Social Life), Bogotá 2006 - 2004 Editorial board member, Editora Chunga, Bogotá 2006 - 2003 Member of the cultural management group FRIX 2713, Bogotá 2004 Founding member of the independent publisher Cara de Perro, Bogotá


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