Don Desmett, Curator
"An Exercise in Numbness and Other Tales" furthers Collazo-Llorens ongoing inquiry on how we perceive and process information, often dealing with navigation, memory, language, displacement, simultaneity, hyperconnectivity and noise. The exhibition consists of a series of networks, an interconnected system encompassing multiple references and conceptual strategies. It requires different types of interpretation, as the work ranges from the retinal to the conceptual, from the literal to the symbolic, and from the tangible to the elusive. "An Exercise in Numbness and Other Tales" reflects on the intricacies of the mind and the way we try to cope with a complex world that is as much about data overload and hyperconnectivity as it is about distancing and dissociation.
Nayda Collazo-Llorens, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a visual artist working in various media, including drawing, prints, video and installation works. She received an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She is a 2012 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, and Art News, among others.