(March 6 – April 8, 2009)

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Telephone cable, various sizes

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition CUADERNO DE DIBUO by NANI CÁRDENAS, next March 6. Cristina Cárdenas (Lima, 1969). Studied sculpture in Cristina Gálvez’s workshop, and drawing and painting at the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú. She has won important awards such as the Prize for the Best Sculptural Work given out by the Banco de Crédito. She was also a finalist in the Passport for an Artist Contest organized by the French Embassy in Peru in 1999. She has taken part in numerous solo and group shows in important galleries in Lima, Peru, Spain, and Germany. In this exhibition, visitors may observe a series of works made primarily from telephone and electrical wires and cables, as well as drawings, all presented in an installation in three different groups, which take over the space as if it were a giant sketchpad. The proposition presented here is centered around the depiction of images that form part of a repertoire marked by nature, beauty, eroticism, and a certain ambiguity in the human body. What is the void if not the absence of a body? As with De Certau, space is constructed through the displacement of the viewer. Cárdenas goes head to head with the gallery and begins to construct her space through the weaving of the telephone cables and electrical wires. The well-established and the new are resignified in an uninterrupted dialogue on the giant sketchpad. This reworked, reassembled drawing grows desperate in the artist’s attempt to give form to the intangible with her hands. Thus, space and time converge in the transit of the line that marks the form of the body: embroidered, knotted, woven, and welded, the body becomes a liquid sculpture in which the lines overflow. Finally, the artist asks herself: What is there behind everything? What is it that unites us, encompasses us? What strings do we speak of? On the previous exhibitions of Nani Cárdenas, the following has been written: “Inside the coordinates proposed by the work of Cárdenas, weaving has ceased to be functional, generic, anchored in the feminine cliché, becoming a representation of the drawing in space: pure colors, free lines, knots, and denouements. Each one of the pieces in Cromoterapia (Chromotherapy) acts rhythmically. They take on volume, narrowing until they become a surface. They are offered as a sketch of human, animal, or plant figures, later returning to their state as running lines, pure form.” Diego Otero, 2008. “Critics usually highlight the beauty of her feminine knots, the sensuality of her angels, the erotic force that infuses impossible passions into her figures, whom the sculptor refers to as beings consumed by passion, achieving a profound delight beyond their tortured, dissected, burned bodies.” Mihaela Radulescu, 1998. The exhibition may be viewed through April 8, 2009, Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.