< Nicolás Lamas
Every object is a temporal space
Nicolás Lamas
Nov 18, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (Spain)
Every Object is a Temporal Space is a project by Nicolás Lamas for the second exhibition in the One Foot Out. Expeditions and Diasporas series at the Fundació Joan Miró’s Espai 13. The project sets up a series of encounters and open dialogues between pieces that revolve around different approaches to the visual, digital, and objectual realms.

Based on an interest in images and objects in relation to place, Lamas explores the poetic power unleashed when these pieces physically interact with other elements, exploring them as active spaces with multiple levels of information which are subject to changes of form and content as part of processes of transformation. By doing so he seeks to understand and create gaps between the physical world and its traces, speculating on their component materials, their function in the world, and their connections with other objects.

The questioning of spatial boundaries and of the relationship between the subject, the object, and reality set the conceptual tone of this exhibition that explores the causal relations between culture and nature, image and matter, digital information and reality. It presents a web of links between objects and images that invites us to redefine and reconsider the nature of things under different criteria: on one hand, the project draws attention to the inconsistencies generated between the physical world and the systems of thought and representation that construct it; on the other, it looks at the relationships between knowledge, power, and form that determine how we perceive and interact with our environment. A constant flow of energy and information exchange – in which everything changes, or nothing remains – that acts within a system, which in turn forms another system, and so on successively,
based on concepts such as space, matter, surface, energy, time, and traces.

In line with this reasoning, the point of departure of the exhibition is the notion of entropy as a measure of disorder within a system. Lamas presents a series of sculptures, photographs and videos, and explores each as a container of space with various levels of information. He then sets out to alter and modify them by opening up multiple readings: some very precise and meticulously constructed, building up an association that extends beyond their limits, and others which are a kind of alienation of their original meaning and their autonomy as objects, comprising place and territory as a single whole.

Photo: © Pere Pratdesaba