Responding to REDCAT’s location in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex and its central location in the fast-developing downtown Los Angeles, Renata Lucas presents her first solo exhibition in the United States -- a site specific installation that considers the dynamics of the city. Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Lucas physically manipulates urban spaces and architecture to intensify the tension between inside and outside, public and private, past and present. Playing off the present use or disuse of a site, her installations disrupt the expectations of a prescribed space and suggest a re-imagination of spatial boundaries and social interaction.
For her recent contribution to the São Paulo Biennial, Lucas took to the streets. Installing a second city block of sidewalk pavement, curb and streetlights on top of the existing walkway, she offers a subtle but concrete gesture of doubling that necessitates a consideration of the architecture of urban street -- one that promotes informal assembly, pedestrian transit, and unexpected obstacles, coincidences and pleasures. The exhibition is accompanied by a color catalogue that features documentation of the artist’s new project, writings by REDCAT associate curator Clara Kim and Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Lynn Zelevansky, and an interview between the artist and Sao Paulo-based curator Adriano Pedrosa.