The Lodge is pleased to present Copy to Learn, Learn to Copy by Francesc Ruiz Abad, his first solo exhibition in the United States. Curated by Lisa Kim.
In this collection of paintings, drawings and film, Ruiz Abad examines the themes of reproduction, repetition, mirroring, translating, copying, and automation using the motifs of playful mass produced commodities such as children’s coloring books and gummi candies.
Mistakes and misunderstandings are a daily occurrence. A universe of potential is opened where the original source and intent of an image, object or word shifts in form, new meanings are created and yet again transformed based on surrounding context and randomness.
A limited-edition book of Mirror drawings will be available.
Francesc Ruiz Abad holds a BA in Fine Arts from The University of Barcelona. He was also an invited student in attendance at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig.
He has shown his work individually in shows such as I Didn’t Know I Was Collecting, Arranz Bravo Fundation (L’Hopsitalet de Llobregat, 2016), DINGSBUMS: Coses que brillen quan cauen, El Passadís (Barcelona, 2016) Elefants, sabates i paper, L’Indiscret/Heliogàbal (Barcelona 2015) and Jeder kann zeichnen, Theatre Impermanent (Leipzig, 2013) and has participated in various group exhibitions such as Call 2017, Luis Adelantado Gallery; Do You Belive?, Fabra i Coats Art Center; El Gran Tour; Sant Andreu Contemporani, El Temps Invertit; CCCan Felipa, Yo, misil; Loop Festival and Zeichnung Protests, GfZK. He has authored several publications and has given lectures at 2016 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS and at the Yarat Art Center, Azerbaijan.
Recently he was awards grants from the Guasch Coranty Foundation, Sala d’Art Jove and Arranz-Bravo Fundation.
Born in Palamós in the Catalonia region of Spain, he currently lives and works in Barcelona.
Lisa Kim is a writer and curator based in Detroit and Los Angeles. She graduated with an MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in 2014. During and after her studies, she produced and curated several exhibitions and events in London. Currently, she is working with a group of international curators and researchers on a book about Gallery House London, an avant garde space where international artists exhibited in the 1970s.
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