Nicolás Lamas “The Form of Decay” at P/////AKT, Amsterdam

Nicolás Lamas, The Form of Decay, installation view at P/////AKT, 2017
Photographs by Charlott Markus, Alexandra Colmenares Cossio and Valeria Marchesini
Images copyright and courtesy of the artist and P/////AKT, Amsterdam

 

Nicolás Lamas first solo exhibition in Amsterdam The Form of Decay is currently on view at P/////AKT, as part of the exhibition program Thinging. On the occasion of the finissage, Alondra Castellanos Arreola will present her performance piece Methods of Dating – You look like 40 miles of rough road anyway, a response to Lamas’s exhibition.

Nicolás Lamas’ practice mainly includes found objects, installations and sculptures that focus on the transitory and hybrid nature of reality. For his first solo exhibition in Amsterdam he presents a dismantled production site interconnected with a series of objects that seem not to belong here. Using cognitive tensions between consumed and wasted energy, the show reflects on the transitory condition of matter as embedded in a system of ephemeral and divergent relations. The Form of Decay is a new installation placed somewhere between an office space and an anthropological site. Through the detachment of man-made items, organic materials and mass-produced objects from their original functions, the exhibition recreates an ambience both wild and aseptic. There is a sense of strangeness floating in the air in which material interactions, frictions, attractions and repulsions coexist, showing Lamas’ interest in visceral materiality. When one moves through the space it becomes aware of the entangled processes that constitute this place. Here matter is an alibi that allows the viewer to address transience as intrinsic to the general state of things, bringing today’s cult to the perpetual circulation of energy to light, while triggering suspense. The installation is structured around the encounters between a series of objects belonging to distant times and spaces, where notions of indeterminacy, danger and uncertainty become apparent. An energy of sorts entangled in a complex set of interconnected functions. The project was developed in dialogue with Alejandro Alonso Díaz. Lamas is also presenting his new book The Attraction of the Mountains, published by Posture Editions and launched during the exhibition opening.

Nicolás Lamas (Lima, 1980) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Recent solo exhibitions include: Todo objeto es un espacio temporal, Fundació Joan Miró, Ocaso, Galería Lucía de la Puente, Loss of symmetry, Loods 12, The structure of the Wild, Brand New Gallery, Dysfunctional Links, Meessen De Clercq, Potential remains, DASH. Configuraciones, Lucía de la Puente, The value of formlessness, Sabot.

Alondra Castellanos Arreola (México, 1985) is a performance artist working with movement at the intersection of choreography and visual arts. In response to Lamas’ work, she states: “Whether attracted or not, connected, communicative, comfortable or not, things stay and pose on the ground with the calm of fuelwood just placed on a campfire. By directing the gaze and affection to the common ground, where all things are holdovers, the performers search for methods of touching, looking and dating the given surface.”

 

Nicolás Lamas, The Form of Decay, installation view at P/////AKT, 2017
Photographs by Charlott Markus, Alexandra Colmenares Cossio and Valeria Marchesini
Images copyright and courtesy of the artist and P/////AKT, Amsterdam

 

Nicolás Lamas, The Form of Decay, installation view at P/////AKT, 2017
Photographs by Charlott Markus, Alexandra Colmenares Cossio and Valeria Marchesini
Images copyright and courtesy of the artist and P/////AKT, Amsterdam

 

Nicolás Lamas, The Form of Decay, installation view at P/////AKT, 2017
Photographs by Charlott Markus, Alexandra Colmenares Cossio and Valeria Marchesini
Images copyright and courtesy of the artist and P/////AKT, Amsterdam

 

Nicolás Lamas, The Form of Decay, installation view at P/////AKT, 2017
Photographs by Charlott Markus, Alexandra Colmenares Cossio and Valeria Marchesini
Images copyright and courtesy of the artist and P/////AKT, Amsterdam

 

Nicolás Lamas
The Form of Decay
19 November–17 December 2017

Alondra Castellanos Arreola
Methods of Dating–You look like 40 miles of rough road anyway
17 December 2017, 5:30pm
Free entrance

P/////AKT | Zeeburgerpad 53, Amsterdam
Opening times: Thursday–Sunday, 2–6pm
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