Renata Lucas

Renata Lucas: Falha

Opening reception: Friday, June 29, 6–9 pm

Artist’s talk: Friday, June 29, 6:30 pm


Renata Lucas’s practice is a critical interpretation of how our built environment determines actions, behavior and social relationships, and by extension, society’s dependency on the preservation of prescribed definitions of space, property and order. By offering an alternative spatial imagination—one that brings into consideration malleability, manipulation and play—Lucas provokes the possibility of new subjective and collective engagement within our built environment.

For her first solo exhibition in the United States, Lucas revisits the work Falha (Failure, 2003) an ambitious installation of hinged sheets of plywood that initiates a series of interactions with and reconfigurations of the site, thereby unleashing new expectations of the relationship between individuals and the space of the gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication (forthcoming, August 2007) that documents the artist’s work and includes contributions by REDCAT acting director and curator Clara Kim, curator and critic Adriano Pedrosa, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Lynn Zelevansky.


Born in 1971 in Ribeirco Preto, Brazil, Lucas has had solo exhibitions at the Galeria Millan Antonio in Sco Paulo, A Gentil Carioca in Rio de Janeiro, Castelinho do Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, Pago das Artes in São Paulo and Museu de Arte da Pampulha in Belo Horizonte. She participated in the 27th Bienal de Sco Paulo in 2006. This year, she will be included in exhibitions at Encontro de Medellmn, Colombia; the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; and the Tate Modern, London. Lucas received her BFA and MFA at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Lucas lives and works in São Paulo.

Major funding for this exhibition and publication has been provided by the Nimoy Foundation, Galerie Luisa Strina, Ana Sokoloff and A Gentil Carioca. Additional support has been provided by R-23.

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