David Paredes and Jose Luis Herrera Gianino

25.10.11 – 12.11.11

La Scatola is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artists David Paredes and Jose Luis Herrera Gianino, ROADMAPS, a collaborative exploration of evolution, displacement, religion and [trans]migration.

‘But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow at sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian’The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

Among the most effective means of taming human beings is informing them that they are being watched. Assuming that either an invisible God or an omnipresent camera-lens monitors their every movement, people tend to perform with a certain sense of decorum and restraint that is otherwise absent in the absence of supervision. For their show at La Scatola Gallery, David Paredes and Jose Luis Herrera, in a collaborative exploration of evolution, displacement, religion and [trans]migration, have united their singular practices into a consortium of surveillance, worship and idolatry that blurs the distinctions between borders of geography and genus. At this intersection, where practice meets prayer, where the watchful become the watched and the evolution of species tangles with religious historicity, ROADMAPS investigates humans’ relationships to one another, in their current art(s) and their inherited development.

To navigate the many forms that veneration and observation have adopted, Herrera’s practice has adapted gold busts, religious figurines, CCTV and confessionals as its roadmaps. At any number of landmarks, his mixed media pieces prey on spectators as much as his audience lends itself, in good faith, to the work of the works. In this give-and- take, relics reciprocate the praise imparted upon them through adoration, and CCTV recordings annotate their own examinations.

Displaced, either by free-will or environmental factors, humanity has adjusted to temperamental climates and ever-evolving minds through a seemingly constant migration. Paredes’s work focuses, through sculpture and installation, both on the skull and the potential of what it holds. Interested predominantly in the human response to survival, Paredes works to document mankind in its most disparate stages.

Specific in site and tone, Paredes and Herrera will work together to produce pieces that confront the gallery through questions of evolution and religion, and the ways in which they combat and complement one another. Dependent on one another as much as their work relies on an active audience, this collaboration highlights the development of two artists at prominent points in their evolution.

David Paredes was born in Lima, Peru in 1977, he lives and works in London. He completed a BA in Fine Arts at Universidad Catolica del Peru, before completing a MA in Visual Arts at Ecole Supérieure des beaux-arts in Le Mans, France. He also obtained a BA degree in Art History from Université Pierre Mendes France in Grenoble, France.

Jose Luis Herrera Gianino was born in Lima, Peru, in 1975. He studied fine arts at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima. He also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in sculpture at Kensington and Chelsea College of Arts in London. He has been living and working in London since 2004.

Tuesday 25.10.11
6PM – 8.30PM

An exhibition curated by Valentina Fois.
Words: Chris Piegza.

Pictures by Elizabeth Boyd