CHRISTIAN DUVERNOIS GALLERY INAUGURAL EXHIBITION:
ARCADIA BY LUCIA PAPČO
/NoHo, New York City (February 26, 2014) – Christian Duvernois Gallery will open with its inaugural show, a solo exhibition by contemporary Slovakian artist Lucia Papčo, entitled Arcadia. The 12 photographs and 6-minute video featured in the show, taken in the forested mountains of Papčo's native Slovakia, capture the sublime, yet fleeting moments when light, angle and shadow align to reveal a more perfect vision of the landscape.
In many cases, the light conditions she sought to capture occur only a few days of the year, for a few minutes per day. The ephemeral nature of these "Arcadian moments" required the artist to spend a significant amount of time observing and documenting the changes in light and how they affected her perception of place.
Papčo describes her process of searching for such optimal conditions with a large format camera as, "a limit set by reality, with its geographic-lighting potentialities and my own opportunities to translocate myself in space with the equipment I need. [It] creates an important part of the work. It’s a kind of struggle with reality.”
Papčo limits herself to traditional black and white photography and, in order to imbue the images with a certain level of realism, avoids digital manipulation. By underexposing the photographs and transforming a colored reality into a monochromatic image, Papčo evokes a sense of abstraction from the physical environment. It may seem to the viewer as if the images were conceived from something that is disappearing, or has yet to be discovered.
Papčo, born in 1987 in Bratislava, is represented in the Essl Museum Collection in Austria and in prominent private collections in Slovakia, Portugal, Germany and the USA. Her work explores the intersection between photography and other graphic techniques as well as the distortion of plot and space.