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January 23rd - February 22nd
Opening: 
January 23rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Untitled , Serena Mitnik-MillerSerena Mitnik-Miller, Untitled ,
2013 , Watercolor on paper, 60 x 40 inches
© Courtesy of the artist & The Joshua Liner Gallery
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Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present INBETWEEN, an exhibition of watercolor

paintings from the San Francisco-based artist Serena Mitnik-Miller. After having

presented solo offerings in Australia, Japan, and extensively in California, this is

the artist’s first New York solo exhibition. The artist will be present at the opening

reception.

For those unfamiliar with the artist’s work, an Internet query for Serena Mitnik-

Miller will retrieve articles on her home, her business, and of course her fine art. All

commentary points to the talent of her natural and uncomplicated aesthetic. Though

she divides her time between The General Store and painting, Mitnik-Miller explains

that her artwork remains at the forefront of her daily life. “Painting and creating has

been a part of my life from a very young age. Painting is the most calming of my

endeavors, which is most enjoyable, and makes me happy.”

This unforced, composed attitude and ethos seamlessly transfers to her art. Working

primarily in watercolor on paper, Mitnik-Miller’s practice centers on the repetition

of patterns and shapes—all the while keeping each work fresh and unique. In the

artist’s own words: “[I’m] finding new ways for the same patterns to interact. My

process is a delicate balance between exacting discipline and freeform expression.”

Without the use of tape, stencil, or the like, the artist manipulates an unpredictable

medium into impeccable geometric, linear arrangements—working just as much

with the negative space as with what she puts down on the paper.

It is no accident Mitnik-Miller’s paintings evoke ties to the environment. She has

always lived by the sea and spends much of her time outdoors. In a beautiful

video interview for Earth BY… the artist explains: “I feel very strongly about the

natural world and I relate to it sometimes more than I relate to people.” With

a connectedness to nature, she senses her relationship to the vastness of her

surroundings:

I’m proud of what I’ve done so far but I feel like there’s so much more to be

done. The more I do, the more I realize how little I’ve done. So I’m just excited

to continue doing what I’m doing and completing ideas and having time to

create more…

Apparent in how her work has evolved over a short amount of time by constantly

refining her technique, her work ethic pushes her to steadily grow. Mitnik-Miller’s

artistic sense is pervasive throughout all her undertakings and her fine art practice

is an important symbol for this inspiring aesthetic.

 

Born 1981 in Massachusetts, Serena Mitnik-Miller currently lives and works in San

Francisco, California. She earned her BA in Photography and Printmaking from the

University of California Santa Cruz as an Irwin Scholar. Selected solo exhibitions

include: F O U N D at Beach Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2013); F O U N D at Art Park

Gallery, Byron Bay, NSW Australia (2012); WATERCOLORS at SFMOMA Artist

Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2010). Selected group shows include: FOLKLORE at

Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (2013); NEEDLES & PENS at Needles & Pens

Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2013); THE OBJECTS SHOW at R 20th Century, New

York, NY (2013).

 

ABOUT JOSHUA LINER GALLERY

In an eclectic range of mediums and approaches, Joshua Liner Gallery presents

an exciting roster of established and emerging artists from the U.S and abroad.

Founded in 2008 in New York City’s Chelsea Arts District, gallery artists reveal

disparate influences but all share an affinity for pushing the boundaries of discipline

and presentation. Celebrating its fifth anniversary in New York, Joshua Liner Gallery

opens a 2,600-square foot, street-level space in north Chelsea.


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