LUCIANA LAMOTHE

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Luciana Lamothe is an Argentine artist born in 1975 in Mercedes. She studied at the Prilidiano Pueyrredon National School in Buenos Aires. One of her last project is FUGA, (2014/2015), an architectural installation made by steel tubes and lintels which properly reminds to a stair. The installation will be placed in the middle of a crossroad in Buenos Aires, so that people will be able to make the stair and have a complete view on this part of the city from a high level. The entire structure will be very solid but with an instable and geometrically complicated appearance. This installation is included in BA sitio especificio, a group of artistic projects that aim to the requalification of five urban districts through art.

'Metasbilad' was her latest installation presented during the group show "My Buenos Aires", at La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France in summer 2015. In 2013, she created an installation for MAMBA (Buenos Aires). She showed at the 11th Lyon Biennial "Une terrible beauté est née", at De Appel Art Center in Amsterdam "Fluiten in het donker" and at MACRO in Rosario "Sabotaje" in 2011. She participated in "Arte in Loco" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2010 and represented Argentina at the 5th Berlin Biennial in 2005, where she created a site−specific work in front of the Palast der Republik, the former seat of the East German parliament that will be demolished, which explored the social implications of architectural memory and its erasure.


"My work revolve around the dialectic of construction and destruction, a dialectic that I articulate between the poles of architecture and spaces, forms and function. My proposal is to find paths where these contradictories ideas come together and arrive at one same result. The process which enables the construction of a form is the same one that creates the destruction of the materials. In architecture, there is a fundamental principle according to which 'Form follows function' which means, on the one hand function and form rely and depend on each other, but on the other hand, architecture always has to guarantee the effectiveness of the function. Any deconstructivist building despite the apparent chaos, must meet all the functional aspects using as less resources and as much efficacy as possible. In the case of my sculptures, the formal complexity expresses the function, and the simple fact of walking becomes a complex act. My interest in the ambivalence of the materials in terms of strength and ductility could be clearly perceived. The materials I work with belong to the world of construction; they're solid, resistant and durable, but when all physical pressure is withdrawn, they may become soft and elastic". Luciana Lamothe


Lamothe´s work extends into sculpture, assemblage, and installation, and joins the aesthetics of vandalism to the legacy of conceptual artistic practice. Her work interrogates the dialectical relationships between construction and destruction, the social and the anti−social, and −possibly unintentionally − the revolutionary and the merely destructive. Lamothe´s interest in spaces and their constituent elements used to construct them also reveals a concern for materialism. She considers her visual art, and subsequent gateways, to be an attack of the excesses of consumerism and materialism in modern Argentinean society.