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Karina Aguilera Skvirsky: Proposals for an Ecuadorian Pavilion in Venice
window installation: Seeing Through : Landscape As Time, by Debra Ramsay
June 25 – August 1, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 25, 6-8pm

Gallery Summer Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11am–6 pm


Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, “Proposal for an Ecuadorian Pavilion in Venice,” 2013 photo-collage on archival Inkjet paper,          17 x 22 inches

Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden and Pocket Utopia are pleased to announce an exhibition of photographic collages with video presentations by Karina Aguilera Skvirsky along with a window installation of painted silk squares by Debra Ramsay, titled “Seeing Through : Landscape As Time.”

In July 2013, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky went to the Venice Biennale wandering the Giardini looking in vain for the Ecuadorian Pavilion.  The result of her search is a remedy in the form of photographic proposals that are experimental, creative and critical.  Hung together, Aguilera Skvirsky presents precisely cut photographs of existing Ecuadorian architecture on full-color photographic color bands.

By precisely cutting and collaging architectural photographs together with color, Aguilera Skvirsky uses this pictorial space to comment on several different topical ideas including; colonialism, migration, environmental concerns and border issues.  Proposals for an Ecuadorian Pavilion in Venice are appealing and compelling, striking in their simplicity, with shapes bisected by strong verticals and horizontals, Aguilera Skvirsky presents a strong case for a pavilion of possibilities.  Aguilera Skvirsky will also present a video titled “Tacos,” part of an on-going, blog-inspired view of the exotic to some, vernacular to most vignettes that seek to present more, like her proposals.

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky participated in the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial in 2010 and has exhibited at Instituto Cervantes, Rome, Italy (2013), The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (2013), Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC (2013), DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2012), La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru (2010), Scaramouche Art, NYC, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT (2007) and at El museo del barrio, NYC and is the recent recipient of 2015 Fulbright Award.

In the window, Debra Ramsay will present “Seeing Through : Landscape As Time,” a grid-like installation on transparent Juan silk.  Each square representing a color found on a walk repeated each season, organized by seasons, on transparent silk, allowing the viewer to look through it and layer the actual landscape with the one transposed from its origin 200 miles NW of the city.

Debra Ramsay, “Seeing Through : Landscape As Time,” (study) 2014 acrylic on silk, dim. var.

This is Debray Ramsay’s second project at the gallery where a direct experience of color in nature is recorded and then the color is computer-mixed.  Ramsay’s most recent solo show titled MAT/tam, was curated  by Lucio Pozzi at Palazzo Costa, in Mantova, Italy. In 2013, Ramsay was awarded a residency at the Golden Foundation and at the BAU Institute in Otranto Italy in 2012.

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