Installations by Nan González, Martín Touzón and Lisu Vega
With the curatorship of Félix Suazo, Pinta Miami 2021 will become a scenario for immersive and thought provoking installations. The aim is to accentuate the individuality and artistry of contemporary artists who, through their works and installations, bring to life the concerns and possibilities of the near future. Special Projects will feature artists Nan González, (Courtesy of the artist and Henrique Faria, New York) Martín Touzón (Courtesy of the artist and Tomás Redrado Art Gallery, Miami) and Lisu Vega (Courtesy of the artist and Bag Online Art Gallery, Houston)."
Venezuelan artist Nan González will present a video installation that is both monumental and sheltered. The pieces in it, Alma de Glaciar (Glacier Soul) and Titanes de Hielo (Ice Titans) were designed as an immersive experience for visitors that aim to address the interconnectedness of nature’s elements and the butterfly effect of human endeavor. Using water as a leitmotif, González installation and Suazo’s curatorship raise awareness about global warming and the loss of biodiversity; two of the most pressing matters that Miami faces.
Martín Touzón, for his part, exhibits Affective Pulse (2021). This light installation, composed of several neon pieces that are chained together, reacts to the presence of the viewer, triggering a sensory response that floods the space. At a time when distance between humans is a prophylactic resource, proximity reminds us of the significance of physical interaction and how necessary we are to each other.
In a similar way, Venezuelan-American Lisu Vega’s textile site-specific installation serves as a bridge between ancestral techniques and contemporary experimentation. By intersecting fashion, graphic design and fine art, Vega also explores sustainability and, in doing so, underlines the relevance of memory and emotion in the exploration of contemporaneity.
"Her proposal is inserted in an ancient tradition that conceives life as a weave, where the subject is adrift on an unknown causality." describes Félix Suazo, the installation’s curator. "An analogy between strings, roots and veins originates there; these are elements that not only keep a morphological similarity, but also suppose a vital connection".