June At Bridge Productions: Krista Svalbonas, Topophilia & Re Image, Curated

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Bridge Productions says
KRISTA SVALBONAS
TOPOPHILIA

8 JUNE - 2 JULY
OPENING RECEPTION 11 JUNE, 6-9PM
including a celebration for Reimage, our June box set with Catherine Cross Uehara, Justyn Hegregberg, and Nate Lippens

GALLERY HOURS: WED-SAT 2-7PM

KRISTA SVALBONAS
TOPOPHILIA

We are excited to introduce Chicago-based artist Krista Svalbonas’ first solo show in Seattle, Topophilia, this coming June.

The primary focus of Topophilia is her highly acclaimed Migrants series — a body of smaller photography and collage works in which Svalbonas investigates notions of time, place, familiarity, and displacement. Her new work, the Migrator series, is a set of bas relief constructions breaking free of the wall to further her exploration of dismantled and rearranged architectural features.

Svalbonas addresses a multitude of politically and identity-laden themes in her work. The daughter of Latvian and Lithuanian parents, she carries their history as displaced, uprooted refugees travelling through Germany before being allowed into the United States, with no place to call home and at the whim of political agendas on which they had no affect. These themes are carried over into issues of gentrification and a rapidly changing urban landscape in cities across the US today.

As the title suggests, Topophilia conveys a sense of poetic love, nostalgia, and sentiment into the composites she builds from her photographs. The act of documenting solidifies the structures’ place in time and history, and rearranging them paves a new path for what’s to come, or how a place is remembered. Her original visual recording is an unreliable way to hold the thing one loves, just as a city is an unreliable place for one’s love to remain. Yet through the re-positioning and reverence of the new, Svalbonas finds a tender way to rebuild, imagine, and remember.

Krista Svalbonas is a Chicago-based mixed media artist with a BFA degree in photography and design from Syracuse University, and an interdisciplinary MFA degree in photography and design from SUNY New Paltz. She is in the permanent collection of the Cesis Art Museum in Latvia. Svalbonas is a recipient of a Bemis Fellowship, and of residencies from Cooper Union, Vermont Studio Center, and the New Arts Program. She recently completed a large-scale site-responsive installation at the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina, and is currently a lecturer in photography at Columbia College.


REIMAGE, JUNE CURATED BOX SET
CATHERINE CROSS UEHARA, JUSTYN HEGREBERG, & NATE LIPPENS

We are looking forward to sharing our newest edition of the curated set, ReImage, during our Second Saturday Art Attack in June. Visual artists included are Catherine Cross Uehara and Justyn Hegreberg; and our writer is Nate Lippens. In ReImage, each of the featured contributors present pieces made from an older, larger work, employing a kind of cannibalism and renewal. Each set comes with its own hand-hewn wooden box made by Steve Leroux of Ruby Pear Woodworks.
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