Praxis is pleased to present The Map and the Territory, a solo exhibition by Lautaro (b. 1987, Buenos Aires, Argentina). The exhibition will be open from March 18th, until May 8th, 2021. We are open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm at 501 W 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011.
Lautaro’s latest exhibition “The Map and the Territory,” explores the concept of transversal, pilgrimage and inner discovery. Large canvases portray spacious landscapes which are inhabited by lone figures that appear either in the midst of a journey or at other times in repose. Somberly and peaceful they are garbed in modern apparel in contrast to the primordial landscapes they find themselves in. It may be inferred poetically that these landscapes represent the inner realm which modern man duels with day to day. One thinks of Emerson: “Man is a dwarf of himself. He filled nature with his overflowing currents… the laws of his mind, the periods of his actions externalized themselves into day and night, into the year and the seasons. But having made for himself this huge shell, he no longer fills the veins…he is shrunk to a drop.” The show, according to its title, begs the question, are we inhabiting the map or rather the territory? Lautaro depicts this recurring drama: modern man at odds with the plethora of existential options, left with no other solution but to submit to a tireless search. Yet there is redemption in the beauty of the path itself, and absolution in this revelation.