Alejandra von Hartz Gallery presents Background, a solo exhibition by Karina Peisajovich. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature new color pencil drawings and a light intervention. The show runs from April 14 to June 4, 2016. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Thursday, April 14, from 6 to 9 pm.
Peisajovich explores the material constitution of the image more than that of representation. Whether through her environmental lighting projects as in her drawings, she alters the sensory experience of the viewer and at the same time, prompting him/her to wonder about the construction of his/hers own perceptual process. In her own words “I think of visuality as an unnatural and imaginary phenomenon, fragile, contingent and constructed at the same time. From all of this are made the images in which we live”.
With their absolute formal nudity, the drawings titled “Gradient” can be seen as time encrypted in color. The palette of these works is organized based on the tension produced by chromatic relations, manifesting the unstable parameters of the eye.
“All that sinks into light is the resonance of what the night submerges” *, it is an intervention of the Gallery’s illumination system. Peisajovich alters the existing electrical system and the disposition of the space’s lighting fixtures, changing their role and orientation.
In relation to this work, Peisajovich says: “In the latest Light Works I was more focused on using the already existing illumination systems of the premises where I was invited to show. In art spaces, especially in museums, lighting is used to impart a certain theatricality to the works. There is something of overacting in this operation. In this sense, these works disarm and absorb this setting.”
In both, the drawings and the intervention of light, appear the idea of the pictorial background, not as an inert support, but as an active space which realizes imaginary expectations. As produced by the fluctuations of the natural light in an environment, backgrounds are planes where latent forms that have not found their place are projected.
- Karina Peisajovich, Gradient XVI, 2016.