Apsara DiQuinzio

  • Four stills from Eva Kot’átková’s Sit Up Straight, 2008, four-channel digital video projection, color, sound, 2 minutes, 1 minute 30 seconds, 4 minutes, 2 minutes 30 seconds.


    WHERE DOES THE SPACE of the human body begin and end? How do subjects position themselves against oppressive cultural norms? Fundamental questions of this kind have defined much philosophical and political thought, from Plato to Marx—but they are often treated as grand abstractions rather than as discernible effects on the self. Prague-based artist Eva Kot’átková, however, gets personal: Her installations, sculptures, performances, collages, videos, and drawings give visual form to the social and psychological forces that invisibly shape human experience as it is lived out in the body.

  • Mateo López, Manzana (Apple) (detail), 2011, wood, paper, ink, apple seeds and stem, 26 3/4 x 13 x 12 1/4".


    “THERE ARE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS in time as well as space.” For his 2011 exhibition “Maio” (May) at Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo, Mateo López neatly lifted Marcel Proust’s famous words, writing them out in graphite on a crisp white sheet of paper that he taped to the wall at the beginning of the exhibition. The epigraph served both to unmoor the artist’s objects from a finite location and to demarcate the gallery as a zone for temporal trompe l’oeil. For López, the image, whether drawn or constructed, reaches outside itself, achieving an atmospheric effect that alters time and space. His subjects