For Lehmann Maupin’s (Booth A54) presentation at FIAC this year the gallery will focus on two artists, Liza Lou (b. 1969, New York) and Angel Otero (b.1981, Puerto Rico), who have devoted their practices to exploring and expanding the field of painting. Lou creates work composed of hand-made beads, canvas, and stretcher bar. These works behave like painted objects but activate space and light in a way that blurs the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Otero similarly engages the physical space of the viewer however, he maintains a commitment to the materiality of paint by transforming it into a material to be collaged, folded, and carved. This too blurs the boundaries between the mediums of collage, painting, and sculpture while simultaneously allowing the paint as color and form to be the focal point of the work.
In collaboration with Lehmann Maupin and Victoria Miro, Do Ho Suh (b.1962, Korea) will participate in On Site at the Petit Palais with his large-scale architectural fabric sculpture, Hub, London Apartment (2015). Inspired by his peripatetic existence—leaving his native South Korea to live and study in the United States—Suh has long been preoccupied with investigating the meaning of home, the boundaries of identity, and the connection between the individual and group across global cultures. Suh’s translucent fabric structures give form to issues of migration, transience, and shifting identities by replicating the architecture of the spaces he has lived and occupied. These ideas are further conveyed in his Hub series, where transitory, connecting sculptures become markers for movement between cultures, the blurring of public and private space, and reflect on the passage of time through the artist’s own life and experience as an itinerant person. The intersection between the rooms of his London residence, Hub, London Apartment (2015) was first exhibited in the artist’s solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH in 2016.
Concurrently, artist Kader Attia (b.1970, France) will participate in an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou as part of his nomination for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, on view through January 30, 2017. The Prix Marcel Duchamp winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
On October 17, 2016 Attia will launch La Colonie, a new space for cultural activism dedicated to the visual arts, music, performance, critical thought, and freedom of expression, founded in partnership with Zico Selloum. La Colonie was conceived for sharing knowledge outside formal institutional channels. For their first event, Attia and Michelangelo Pistoletto will give a lecture on October 21st at 6:30PM.