Ejercicios topológicos – Juan Duque, Nicolás Lamas, Alexandra Colmenares

  • 10 September - 26 November9/09/16
  • Juan Duque. The Walker, 2016
  • Nicolás Lamas. Stop Motion 2, 2016
  • Alexandra Colmenares. The instrument, 2016
  • Juan Duque. Sin título, 2016
  • Juan Duque. Yourself = Surrounded = Myself, 2016
  • Alexandra Colmenares. El hecho es invisible pero sucede, 2016
  • Nicolás Lamas. Dialogue table #2, 2016
  • Alexandra Colmenares. El viento nunca sopla en línea recta, 2016
  • Juan Duque. de la serie Sin título, 2016


In order to throw a boomerang correctly and make it return it is necessary to take into account external conditions such as the direction of the wind, the kind of terrain, the physical characteristics of the tool itself; but above all a throwing technique which translates into specific body movements. This is a throw that demonstrates the close relationship existing between body, tool, space, time and energy.

In the case of the boomerang as a hunting weapon, vision and anticipation of the object in space is fundamental and leads to a tangential gaze, which requires aiming at a place the prey does not yet occupy but where we know it will appear within the ellipse the tool draws during its calculated flight in an imaginary trajectory previous to action.

Using this as an initial reference, Juan Duque, Nicolás Lamas and Alexandra Colmenares pose a series of questionings which come from different artistic processes but combine common features. In this way, the work of each of them may be thought of as throwing out ideas, which rather than hitting a clear or defined target return to their starting point to be used over and over again as an always active cognitive tool.

The three artists propose a number of pieces where gestures and speculative actions have been key in generating questions without definite answers, thus building a series of ideas which continually transform and contaminate each other, putting their independence in perspective. Each artist looks at his and her own horizon, using their individual interests as a starting point, but finding a state of continuous dialogue in the context of the gallery, thus transforming their initial proposals through the intertwining of objects, images, bodies and languages. By co-existing in a new space they establish a complex system of relationships which reconfigure their own nature in order to establish a series of topological exercises which operate not only independently but as an organised whole.

There is a spatial and temporal condition that is present in most of the featured artworks and that is important to note. Whether through drawing, photo, sculpture or performance, there are different dynamics present on different levels. It is this condition of fluency, extension and transformative continuity – typical for topology- which connects the works. In this way, multiple questions seem to stress the qualities we attach to the objects that surround us as well as to the possibilities for transformation and continuity in an unpredictable and changeable environment. In the same way, there is a clear interest in directing our attention towards the hidden place that arises between bodies and objects, that interstitial dimension inhabited by gestures and the contact between things. That meeting point between heterogeneous elements that transform their very structure through strokes and printed marks that manifest that bodies and things meet and need each other in order to exist in other states and levels of understanding.

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