GALLERY 151 PRESENTS WOMAN:CAMERA A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY MIA BERG
New York, NY (February 23, 2012) – Gallery 151 announces the debut of WOMAN:CAMERA on March 1, 2012. The photography exhibition will showcase the work of the young, dynamic Swedish-born artist Mia Berg through a series of large photo images in which she exists in a mass of nature.
“The purpose of Gallery 151 is to feature fresh, contemporary artists in New York, to bring them to the forefront of the art world, and allow them to show and exhibit their art,” says Michael Namer, owner and founder of Gallery 151, and principal and managing member of Alfa Development. “Mia Berg is one of those artists. Her bold work of photography is compelling, and yet evocative.”
The young artist exhibits work in which her natural abandon in the solitude of the landscape is the focus. Berg's approach of the nude versus naked conceptualizes the idea of a oneness in nature, as opposed to the lacking of the robes of human existence.
The artist’s interpretation of romantic art of the 19th century Hudson River School exemplifies the topic of human existence in nature, just as the painters of the era emphasized a return to their roots. As she places herself in this dialogue, the viewer sees how the human body is a natural part of this existence.
Mia Berg will exhibit nine large format photographs as well as her new video work. The exhibition will be open to the public from March 1 to March 30, 2012.
Special thanks to Spencer Tunick for lending his documentary photography of Mia Berg's process in which he observes the artist at work, as art. Additional thanks to Duggal Visual Solutions and Gallery 151 for generously co-sponsoring the production of this exhibition.
Born in Sweden, Mia Berg grew up in East Hampton, New York. Informed by the artistic past and present of the Hamptons as well as her Scandinavian heritage, Berg's work explores the place of the human figure in the context of the natural landscape. Enacting a physical conversation with nature, Berg incorporates her body into her compositions as an extension of her environment, invoking a dialogue on human coexistence with the natural world.
WOMAN:CAMERA events include:
Opening Reception: March 1, 6:30-9:30 pm
Evening Reception with the Artist: March 8, 6:30-9:30 pm
Closing Reception: March 29, 6:30-9:30 pm
Gallery 151 is the premier pop-up gallery in New York City, now located in Chelsea on West 18th Street. The first show at Gallery 151 was hosted by Fab 5 Freddy in December of 2007. This exhibit unveiled a collaborative wall of graffiti discovered during the renovation of 151 Wooster by Michael Namer, downtown developer and owner of the building at the time. One of the former residents of the building was Edit DeAK, who in the late 70's and early 80's allowed young artists to "tag" a wall in her loft - some of these "young artists" were Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Francesco Clemente, Futura 2000, Ero, Nesto, Koor and Johnny Dynell (among others). This graffiti wall was preserved over decades and finally uncovered during construction. Gallery 151 honors a commitment to the recognition and celebration of historical New York City icons, in the modern and contemporary context of their vibrant community. Gallery 151, located at 132 W. 18th St., New York, N.Y., 10011. For more information, visit www.gallery151.com
ALFA DEVELOPMENT/ MANAGEMENT LLC
Alfa Development was founded in 1980 and is renowned in downtown Manhattan for developing innovative and remarkable properties. Alfa has built a reputation for being “hands-on builders,” actively involved in every facet of their properties’ development. Comprised of longtime residents of the downtown Manhattan area, the Alfa Development team has firsthand knowledge of the downtown experience. Always mindful of how their buildings will become part of the fabric of their community, Alfa’s guiding principle is best articulated by the theme line: “History, architecture, and sustainability on a human scale.” With an aesthetic attuned to the unique harmonies of each neighborhood, their buildings combine architecturally contextual exteriors with the most finely appointed modern interiors.
The exhibitions and events at Gallery 151 would not be possible without the generous support and sponsorship of Michael Namer and his company Alfa Development, First West 21st Street LLC, Alison Eighteen, Chelsea Green and Duggal Visual Solutions.