Amalia Pica | the artist
The artist Amalia Pica
Born 1978, Neuquen Capital, Argentina.
Lives and works in London, UK, .
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2007. "Playstation" – Si no estas tu
Pica’s diffuse installation uses sculpture, photocopies, drawings and slide projections to vaguely suggest the insufficiency of standardized systems of communication. The most engaging work is a series of 35-millimeter slides, in which the artist wields semaphore flags to spell out words like “babble,” “blabber” and “yada yada yada.” The staccato efficiency usually associated with this reductive nautical language is reduced to absurdity, encoding nothing. But semaphore is such a specialized system most people can’t read it anyway that the gesture feels a bit aimless…
Motivated by a desire for civic participation, Amalia Pica’s work often takes the form of temporary interventions on buildings, monuments, or objects, documenting the artist’s insertion of her own body into the landscape or her subtle alteration of it. The London-based Argentinian artist (b. 1978) works primarily with sculpture, photography, film, and installation, adopting a conceptual approach marked by wit and a sense of play. Perception, time, memory, and a sense of how particular gestures read in different cultural contexts are central to Pica’s work, alternately highlighting moments of connection and disjunction…