Karina Peisajovich: The eyes, sometimes, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL

Karina Peisajovich, July 23rd, 2011 (from the series Everytime I See a Rainbow), 2011

November 19, 2011 – January 28, 2011

Alejandra von Hartz Gallery is pleased to announce The Eyes, Sometimes, the first solo exhibition by Karina Peisajovich in the United States. With a diversity of media such as installation, drawing, photography and painting, the Argentinean artist decodes the machinery behind representation, focusing on the idea of light, darkness and color as the grounding substance giving shape to the world of images. She structures spaces to achieve heightened perceptual experiences in which visitors become acutely conscious of their individual eye as a perceiving entity. Her time-color environments engage viewers with a simulated pre-image state where they may recognize their own processes of visual construction.

The exhibition will feature a light installation as well as a series of drawings and photographs. One of the stories that inspired Peisajovich to produce these pieces is the documented dispute between Newton’s and Goethe’s theories. The Romantic poets of the time criticized Newton’s decomposition of white light as he destroyed the poetry of the rainbow by reducing it to prismatic colors. The scientific explanation of this phenomenon was a turning point to elucidate the difference between chemical colors (pigments) and physical ones (light).

RGB/CMY (Red, Green and Blue / Cyan, Magenta and Yellow) is a light projection onto a painted wall. The piece projects colors that belong to the additive model of light onto colors painted on the wall, which belong to the subtractive model of pigments. In a time when the eye is easily coerced by consumer imagery, this piece questions, challenges, and manipulate how and what we perceive.

In her own words: “You never know how real colors look like, because the two models are constantly interfering with each other in everyday life. During the day we see the leaves on the trees green, at night we see them black, but we still think they are green”.

COLOR THEORY is a series of color pencil drawings that reconstruct the history of different color systems developed since the ancient Greeks to the 21st century. Many theories of color have been written with the intention of clarifying how we perceive —from philosophy to poetry, from science to art. These drawings are based on color schemes by authors such as Goethe, Munsell, Ostwald, Runge, Hering, Grosseteste, Mayer, Chevreul, Young, etc.

EVERY TIME I SEE A RAINBOW is the title of a series of photographs Peisajovich took when happening upon occasional color spectrums. She sees these photographs as a biographical document-archive related to her relation with light and color.

Karina Peisajovich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1966, where she currently lives and works. She studied at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón Buenos Aires (1988), and later she participated in residencies such as the Guillermo Kuitca Program for Artists at Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires (1994-1995) and ART OMI in New York (1999). She also received a Argentine National Endowment for the Arts Creation Grant, and a Fulbright Commission Fellowship to participate in the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York (2002).