Things that once have been conjoined must remain ever afterwards. James George Frazer
Lopez’s colorful, poetic vignettes exploring the relationships between subject and object. These constructed still-lifes explore the persistent presence of the absent. These observations of indefinable moments reflect not the beginning or the end of a relationship, but the abstracted instance of connectivity. These pieces search for the unseen thread that connects people and things that once shared an intangible moment. In this realm logic is lost, objects are personified, perception is ever changing, and things become their true self.
Press Release for Tooth, Bark and the Laws of Contact
Solo Exhibition at Coop Gallery, Nashville, TN
Linda Lopez's work, traits of painting, drawing and sculpture seem to collide through elements arranged within a 'frame' or situated on a plinth. While one can discern references to familiar natural forms and domestic objects-such as a book, vase, to a frond of a plant- these cannot be read literally. Combining globular ceramic objects, framed ink and gouache drawings, string, wood, and wire, a certain magic arises from the new correspondences that come from their co-existence.
Excerpt from the Young Sculptors Competition Statement
Anne Barlow, 2015
Executive Director, Art in General, New York, NY
There is a delightful puzzlement in the work of Linda Lopez. Familiar things—shelves, chairs, potted plants, buckets, lumps, shadows—take on an active role, pulling the viewer into a kind of alternate universe. These objects, whether sculpted or drawn, appear to have a rich interior life, a fully developed physical and psychological sense of being. I am reminded of the notion I had as a child that the toys I left behind in my bedroom every morning would spring to life as soon as I closed the door and, while I was away at school, were busy entertaining themselves in my absence. Not that the things in Lopez’s installations function as toys. Although whimsical and often radiating an aura of comfort, they appear more adult in their countenance and state of being. They seem to be maturely navigating that tenuous space between confidence and self-consciousness. They can be bright and funny or alternately moody and dark. Whatever their personality, I am drawn to them and their energy, finding solace and enjoyment in their enigmatic presence.
Jenny Moore, 2013 Executive Director, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX