Newman Popiashvili Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Adriana Farmiga. Farmiga's show is titled lives; it includes new sculptures and drawings. In this body of work, Farmiga plays the two media off each other. Her watercolors are composed of random yet carefully selected everyday objects, which appear definitively as still lifes. Yet in some cases, she displays the depicted items on the floor in front of the drawings, which forces a subsequent reexamination of object, it's drawing, and the resulting shift in context.
This format creates a similar framework for her sculpture, by provoking a "double-take", where the viewer is compelled to take a second look at the objects that litter our social image bank. At first glance, seemingly benign arrangements of objects, materials and colors abruptly give way to uncanny alternatives - where ideas of hysteria, vulnerability, absurdity, humor, and our interpersonal boundaries are allowed to evolve and mutate.
Taking this idea a step further, it can be said that Farmiga's work reflects dichotomous iconographies: these pieces, although employing the formal devices of still life and assemblage, operate conceptually as stand-ins for a cultural way of life and ideology. Adriana Farmiga grew up in a tightly knit Ukrainian immigrant community in the United States, and while growing up, would often travel with her family to the Soviet Union. It was at a particularly impressionable age when she became exposed to the failing structure of Communist society. This was in sharp contrast to her home in the States that was adjacent (and witness to) the glut of consumerism represented by the network of suburban shopping malls. Her still lifes become "still lives" in which the objects depicted and the materials used, represent one way of living to the American and another to the Ukrainian.
Adriana Farmiga lives and works in New York. She received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College. She is one of the 2008 recipients of the Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park. As well, she currently teaches in an adjunct capacity at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.