Acqua Alta

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Dust Particles, 2010 Watercolor And Pastel On Paper 71 X 140 Inches (180.3 X 355.6 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Sikkema Jenkins & Co
Acqua Alta

530 West 22nd St.
New York, NY 10011
September 10th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Opening: September 10th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6
photography, mixed-media, video-art


Working in wide variety of mediums, including video,
photography, performance, drawing, and painting, Janaina
Tschäpe creates artworks rooted in personal mythology and
fantasy. The aquatic – a recurring theme in the artist’s work –
is revisited in works featured here. In the video and related
photographs, Venice is used as a stand in for an imaginary
city floating in water navigated by two costumed
characters/creatures. Narrative is suggested but never made
explicit, leaving the story open ended. As in previous works,
the female body is used as a site for transformation with
organic forms extending from the bodies of the subjects.
Tschäpe’s drawings, also presented here, explore a similar
territory as the video and photographs – fantastical
landscapes and organic (life)forms. Smaller drawings serve
as preparatory sketches for the videos and photographs. The
organic forms seen in the sketches also populate the
elaborate large-scale watercolors suggestive of land or
seascape. The mediums presented together in this exhibition
provides a unique insight into the artistic practice and vision.
Janaina Tschäpe was born in Munich, Germany, and raised
in São Paolo, Brazil. She studied at the University of Fine Arts
in Hamburg before moving to New York and completing her
MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 1998. Tschäpe has
exhibited throughout the world in numerous solo and group
exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include a survey show at the
Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (2008), the ICP
Triennial in New York (2009), and solo gallery shows at
Galeria Fortes Vilaça in São Paulo and Galerie Catherine
Bastide in Brussels (both 2009). Tschäpe lives and works in
Brooklyn, New York.