Allora and Calzadilla: Unstable Atmospheres
1 May – 29 May 2004
Lisson New Space is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Allora and Calzadilla in the UK, previewing at 29 Bell Street on 30 April from 6-9pm.
Jennifer Allora (b. 1974, USA) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b.1971, Cuba) have been working together since 1995. They live and work in Puerto Rico, a hybrid Caribbean culture with a colonial legacy that continues to flourish in the present day under the fragile auspices of the United States. Despite its tropical location and the abundant natural beauty of the surrounding region, Puerto Rico is an island where heavy industry, commerce and space exploration takes precedence. It is this fertile and unusual diversity that informs the subject matter and approach behind Allora and Calzadilla’s varied body of work.
Cyclones, chalk cylinders, colour chromatics, computer codes, cosmic communications, colonial crimes, civil disobedience and capturing sunlight have all featured in their work. Their inventive use of materials and strong sense of aesthetic, encompass art historical references and create a new artistic vocabulary within a psychological, political and social context.Read more