NYC Artist Susan Mikula Opens Show at Glave Kocen Gallery
Photographer and partner of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Susan Mikula, will feature a collection of her art work this weekend at RVA’s Glave Kocen Gallery. Mikula’s work features Polaroid film and cameras, but her pieces are not doctored post-shot.
“Mikula’s creative roots rest deep in the aesthetic legacies of painting and photography, so it’s no surprise that her art is sometimes taken for painting—but it is photography,” according to Mikula’s webpage. “Shooting exclusively with Polaroid films and cameras, Mikula works in available light, and does no cropping or image manipulation after the fact. Her in-camera technique strips away detail and softens edges only to better reveal the underlying and essential form and feeling of her subject.”
In late 2008, the CHC Gallery in New York, New York, wrote that, “In her latest body of work [sic transit] Mikula continues to exploit the idiosyncrasies of a Polaroid camera.By handicapping the governor, she allows for time and space to dictate how the photograph develops. In the sic transit series, Mikula places emphasis on atmosphere, setting, and the exacting orchestration of light. Moving away from recognizable subject matters and familiar objects from much of her previous work, she draws the viewer into strangely enigmatic and nostalgic scenes. In the storyboard of scenes, she frames different rooms and corridors of what could be glimpses into a lucid dream. The haunting imagery is meant to elicit flashbacks into our own memories, dreams, or nightmares.”
In preparation for Mikula show this weekend, Glave Kocen released a statement about her featured work: “Susan Mikula’s elusive art challenges conventions. Her physical subject matter is often abstracted, sometimes highly so, and typically portrayed within a tight chromatic range; one that, nonetheless, contains an expansive scale of tone and texture.
Yet to call her art “abstract” is a misnomer—the end result often remains strongly figurative, even when no longer overtly identifiable with its origins. Distillation is a more apt description of her process.
Mikula states that she is a self-taught artist, and currently resides in both Western Massachusetts and New York City with her partner Maddow.
Glave Kocen is a gallery for contemporary art. It is located in Richmond, and showcases local artists in its 3200 square feet exhibition space. Mikula’s works are being featured in the gallery’s Click III Exhibition. The opening will be on February 7th from 6:00-9:00pm, and will have a reception with all artists present.
More information about Susan Mikula can be found at www.susanmikula.com.
More information about the exhibit and the gallery can be found at www.glavekocengallery.com
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