Nikki Moore and Dr. Fabiola Lopez-Duran write about "Blues I" and "Blues IV"
Architecture. Like a geographer or aviator who sees everything from above,Luisa builds landscapes,city plans and architectural silhouettes. Drawing on diverse variety of materials,from oil or acrylic on canvas to prints made from engineered wood boards or plexiglass on paper, these plans are the end in themselves-abstractions of life.
In her Blues, by inserting rectilineal horizons and junctures into romantic landscapes and seascapes, Luisa creates fissures within nature-likearchitecture-that are first abrupt but slowly become part oh her environments.Piecing together fragments of lost landscapes,these rational lines generate a kind of mise -en-abîme and,transmuted into landscape,become its subject. In her collages "You are not stronger than me" and "Equilibrium",made early this year as a response to the political riots in her home country Venezuela,objects and sections extend beyond the canvas while pressing or floating in an almost violent togetherness.
Trained as an architect,Luisa is a visual artist who found early inspiration in the Latin American geometric abstraction movement.Isolating large geometric forms printed through the accretion of paint onto wood or copper,Luisa's almost monochromatic prints present both the depth and complexity of objects. Moving from the thick paint of the first print to the traces of the last ones, the bulky shapes consist of layers and textures,depicting the multiple lives of objects
Nikki Moore and Fabiola Lopez-Duran
Houston, 20th April 2016
Nikki Moore is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at Rice University whose research focuses on the industrialization of food-based commodities and concurrent development practices in modern Latin America, focusing on their symbiotic relationship to art and architectural practice. Moore is a fellow with the University Based Institute for Advanced Studies’ Intercontinental Academia. Her work has received support from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Brown Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation along with a Special Citation from the Graham Foundation for the Carter Manny Award. Her researchhas been published in Europe, Brazil and the United States.
Fabiola López-Durán is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Rice University, where her research and teaching focuses on the history and theory of modern and contemporary European and Latin American art and architecture. López-Durán earned her Ph.D in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from MIT. Prior to joining the Rice University faculty, she was the 2009-2011 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley. Her awards include predoctoral fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, CLIR, Harvard Center for European Studies, Camargo Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Fulbright Program. Her work has been published in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.