Cafe Extra-forte (Extra-strong coffee), 2011.
Installation view, Lima, Pèru.
Pigment print on cotton paper, laminated matte. 100 x 137 inches (composed of three 45.66 inch-wide vertical panels). Edition of 6, 1 AP.
Lucia Koch was born in 1966, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She moved to São Paulo in 1992, where she lives and works today. Collective projects and collaborations, along with teaching, have been part of her life and work since the beginning. Koch thinks about space and people, provoking altered states of places, and travels to experience architecture. In her installations, Koch manipulates and transforms the viewer’s space and sense of scale with the use of such medias: filters, screens, videos, photographs, and light. She photographs small, empty boxes and bags that are then printed on a larger-than-life scale. The artist builds displays and exhibition spaces using surfaces as filters and filters as communication devices, while creating or transforming atmospheres with natural and unnatural light.
Cono Norte (San Martin de Porres), 2011.
Pigment print on cotton paper. 39-3/8 x 54 inches. Edition of 6, 2 AP.
Vinho Duplo (Double Wine), 2003.
Pigment print on cotton paper, laminated matte. 106-1/4 x 157-1/2 inches (composed of 4 prints). Edition of 6, 1 AP.
Koch has been featured in many biennials including Sharjah, UAE (2013); Lyon, France (2011); Denver, USA (2010); Nagoya, Japan (2010); São Paulo, Brazil (2006); Gothenburg, Sweden (2005); Istanbul, Turkey (2003); and Pontevedra, Spain (2000). Recent group shows include: Cruzamentos, at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2014); Sense of Place, PIER 24, San Francisco, CA (2013); Projeto Travessias, Favela da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012); When Lives Become Form, at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts, in San Francisco, CA (2009) and at the Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum, Japan (2008). Recent solo shows include: Cromoteísmo, at Capela do Morumbi, in São Paulo, Brazil (2012); Matemática Espontânea, at SESC Belenzinho, in São Paulo, Brazil (2011); and Casa Acesa, in La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (2008).
Lucia Koch’s installation for Prospect.3 will be at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CACNO) from October 25, 2014 to January 25, 2015.
New Development, 2011.
Installation view, Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France.
Pigment print on cotton paper, laminated matte. 110-1/4 x 275-1/2 inches.
Degradê SP, 2004.
Installation view, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil.
All images courtesy of the artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica.
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