Amalia Pica
25 May 2012 – 15 July 2012
Opening: Friday 25 May

Chisenhale Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Amalia Pica, featuring newly commissioned works across sculpture, photography, installation and performance. The exhibition elaborates upon Pica’s ongoing interest in the social act of listening, sites of celebration and technologies of mass communication. This exhibition also marks the culmination of Pica’s year-long offsite project I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are (2011/12).

Pica’s wide-ranging practice includes sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, performance and film. For her exhibition at Chisenhale, Pica also focuses on the gallery space as a public site with works situated in areas usually excluded from the arena of exhibition display. The front of the building is draped with multi-coloured festoon lighting; at the rear of the gallery, music is broadcast from a storage room and one work is on view in the office.

In the gallery space itself, Pica has installed a sculpture that doubles as an architectural divide and a listening device for viewers, another is activated by performers over the course of the exhibition and a wall pasted image depicts a scene staged upon ‘common’ farmland.  Fabricated out of lo-fi materials – cardboard, string, photocopies and recycled cans – these works emphasise the latent conversational and vernacular form of Pica’s images and objects.

I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are is described by Pica as a ‘nomadic sculpture’ which left her studio at the beginning of July 2011 and over the course of one year has been hosted by residents of Tower Hamlets on a week-to-week basis. An event will be staged at the gallery in July to mark the completion of the project and the return of the sculpture to the artist’s studio.

I am Tower of Hamlets... addresses the conventions of participatory art practice and public sculpture, presenting an intimate encounter with the artwork in which the immediacy of individual perception is made paramount. The project provides the cue to Pica’s new collection of works, which continue to explore the frameworks and cultural resonances of sculpture and interventions into public space, while dealing with ideas of collective memory through the precise materiality of the sculptures she produces.

Amalia Pica’s exhibition is her first solo exhibition in the UK and is co-produced in partnership with Modern Art Oxford where a second chapter will be developed for exhibition in December 2012.

Amalia Pica (born 1978, Argentina) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Chronic Listeners, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen (2012); Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); C-sale, Malmo Konsthall, Sweden (2010); Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (2010). Pica was one of the participating artists in ILLUMInations, 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2011) and The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); in 2013, Pica will have solo exhibitions at MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Massachusetts, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Pica was awarded The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists 2011.

Amalia Pica’s exhibition is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Catherine Petitgas and Erica Roberts.

Chisenhale Gallery Exhibitions Partner 2012: Outset Contemporary Art Fund

Click here to download an interview with Amalia Pica about her exhibition at Chisenhale.

A limited edition print by Amalia Pica has been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more details please visit our online shop, here.

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Amalia Pica: I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are
Friday 1 June

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Amalia Pica was commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery to produce an offsite artwork to take place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are, (2011) is described by Pica as a nomadic sculpture which left her studio at the beginning of July 2011 and over the course of one year was hosted by residents of Tower Hamlets.Hand carved by Pica in pink granite, the sculpture is based on the Echevaria plant (the name is a mis-spelling of the surname of the 18th century Mexican botanical artist, Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy), a species native to South America but popular in domestic environments world-wide due to its ability to thrive under any condition.Residents of Tower Hamlets were invited to look after the sculpture for one week, then pass it on to the next participant. This exchange happened every Saturday throughout the year. The sculpture’s travels were recorded on a ‘lending card’, serving as a document of the meetings and exchanges between neighbours that made its journey possible. In June 2012, the sculpture returned to the gallery where it was displayed at an event held to commemorate its return.

Pica’s wide-ranging practice includes sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and film. I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are continues Pica’s interest in exploring the
frameworks and cultural resonances of public sculpture and interventions into public space, while addressing ideas of collective memory through the precise materiality of the sculptures she produces. The work addresses the conventions of participatory art practice and the immediacy of individual visual perception grounded within an intimate encounter with the artwork.

Amalia Pica was born in Neuquén, Argentina in 1978, and lives and works in London. She was a resident artist at the Rijsakademie in Amsterdam in 2004 and 2005. Group exhibitions include Hayward Gallery, London (2010); Kunsthalle Basel (2008); Encuentro Regional de Arte, Montevideo (2007); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007); Platform Garanti, Istanbul (2006) and the Liverpool Biennial (2006). Solo exhibitions include C-sale at Malmo Konsthall, Sweden (2010); Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (2010); Marc Foxx Gallery, New York (2010); and Artis Den Bosch (2008). Pica is also one of the participating artists in the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2011 and currently has a solo show at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are, stems from research made during Pica’s year-long residency at three Tower Hamlets’ secondary schools through Chisenhale Gallery’s A Sense of Place programme, an exchange programme for three secondary schools in Tower Hamlets and artists with specific interests in collectivism, collaboration and direct engagement with social and cultural contexts. Chisenhale Gallery received an investment from Deutsche Bank and Arts & Business to develop their education programme. The Arts & Business Investment Programme is funded by Arts Council England.

Click here to download a text by Amalia Pica about her project

 

Amalia Pica

Digital C-type print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper with darning needles
and copper pipe fitting 90 degree elbow, 35mm diameter for remaking
the sculpture using the photograph as a guide.
Print 19.8 x 29.7 cm / Sculpture dimensions variable
Edition of 100 + 10AP

Standard price: £180 (unframed)
Chisenhale Friends' price: £162 (unframed)*

*Please note that Chisenhale Friends price is only available to those who have supported the gallery via the Benefactors scheme. For more information on the scheme please click here.

Please note that, as is the norm for limited edition works, prices will increase as an edition sells out.

Chisenhale Gallery presents Amalia Pica’s first UK solo exhibition, featuring newly commissioned works across sculpture, photography, installation and performance. The exhibition elaborates upon Pica’s ongoing interest in the social act of listening, sites of celebration and technologies of mass communication. The exhibition also marks the culmination of Pica’s year-long offsite project I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are (2011/12).

To accompany the exhibition Pica has produced a limited edition featuring a photograph that serves as a visual instruction guide for how to assemble the accompanying elements. The edition is based on a series of works that take as their starting point the term ‘catachresis’ – defined as the misapplication of a word that is used to designate an element that has no name. These sculptures are assemblages of objects named with this type of metaphor, in this edition present in the phrases elbow of the pipe, eye of the potato, eye of the needle.

Amalia Pica (born 1978, Argentina) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Herald St, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Kunsthalle Lissabon; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (all in 2013); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012); Chronic Listeners, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen (2012); Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); C-sale, Malmo Konsthall, Sweden (2010); Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (2010). Pica participated in When attitudes became form became attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; Ruins in Reverse, Tate Modern Project Space, London (both 2013); Future Generation Art Prize, PinchuckArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine; On apology, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; The Ungovernables: Generational triennial, New Museum, New York; Ritual without myth, Royal College of Art, London (all 2012); ILLUMInations, 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2011). Pica was awarded The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2011.

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Amalia Pica
Saturday 7 July

Saturday 7 July 2012
Amalia Pica's Offsite project I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of people are (2011-2012) has completed its rounds of Tower Hamlets, and returned to the gallery on Saturday 30 June to join the rest of Pica's exhibition which continues until Sunday 15 July.

As a celebration of the sculpture's return, curator and writer Isobel Harbison was invited to Chisenhale Gallery to discuss the work with Amalia Pica.

Rebecca Lennon Workshop

Saturday 26 May, 2pm

Artist Rebecca Lennon leads a free drop-in family workshop inspired by Amalia Pica’s exhibition.
All welcome, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Case Study: What Makes A Sense of Place

Thursday 28 June, 7pm

A panel discussion on A Sense of Place (2008-2011), Chisenhale Gallery's artist-led exchange programme for local secondary schools. This event will address current debates in art practice and education and analyse how programmes like this sit within a wider gallery programme.

Panellists include Anna Minton, author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty First Century, and A Sense of Place lead artists Ruth Ewan and Amalia Pica. The event will be chaired by curator, writer and editor of the A Sense of Place case study, Cathy Haynes.

Isobel Harbison in conversation with Amalia Pica

Saturday 7 July, 3pm

Curator and writer Isobel Harbison in conversation with Amalia Pica. This event will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the culmination of Pica's year-long artwork I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are (2011/12).

All events are free but booking is strongly advised. Please contact mail@chisenhale.org.uk to make a reservation.