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Nicola López

Irvine Contemporary

The engagingly chaotic drawings exhibited recently by Nicola López pose a disturbing question: What happens if technology supplants nature and develops the ability to evolve? López is one of the scores of New York–based artists currently getting a career boost from their inclusion in P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center’s expansive “Greater New York 2005.” Her first show at Irvine Contemporary Art featured five ink, gouache, and graphite drawings and one somber print in which she ponders the possible consequences of a contemporary urban addiction to new technology. Devoid of human presence, the world she depicts is overrun by an anarchic tangle of pipes, ductwork, telephone lines, satellite dishes, vehicle parts, oil rigs, tires, and batteries that meet, mate, and mutate.

In each of López’s tableaux, familiar human structures—houses, neighborhoods, whole cities—are rendered subordinate to

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