Jaanika Peerna: Glacier Elegy exhibition and performance at SalonB Montreal
21 apr 2017 by Irina Turcan
New York-based Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna will present her first exhibition and performance in Montreal, Canada. The show will include small and large-scale drawings, sculptural wall installation and live drawing performance.
Jaanika Peerna, Thaw Series, graphite and color pencil on two layers of mylar, 53x36” / 135 x 92", 2017.
Peerna’s ongoing interest in the sublime forces of the natural world has pushed her work along many media including drawing, video, installation, digital work and drawing. The artist’s interest in transitions of natural phenomena such as ice turning into water is the focus of her exhibition in Montreal. The artist will also reveal to the public her new large-scale drawings part of the Thaw Series.
Humankind witnesses the loss of glaciers. What are the emotions coming up seeing the huge formations of ice collapsing and turning into water? What does knowing the environmental reasons and impact connected with ice loss add to our emotional response? What is in our ability to reverse the process? The overwhelming sublime makes us silent yet evokes the need to be awake as our feet get wet.
Jaanika Peerna’s exhibition and performance together create one whole as movement is embedded into each of her work and is present in real time during her performance.
Curated by Malgosia Bajkowska.
April 27 - May 6, 2017
opening April 27 5pm
Salon B Cultural Space Montreal
4231 b, boulevard Saint-Laurent Montreal H2W 1Z4
Jaanika Peerna is an Estonia-born artist living and working primarily in New York since 1998. Her work encompasses drawing, video, installation and performance, often dealing with the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena.
Jaanika Peerna holds a MA in Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz (New York, 2005). In 2016, she won the FID Grand Prix. She is also the recipient of the Artist Pension Trust Award for her residency and exhibition at Scuola Di Grafica (Venice, 2015) and at Espronceda Center for Art and Culture (Barcelona, 2015). Her work is included in numerous art collections in the US and Europe including the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), the Garrison Art Center (New York), the Novosibirsk Art Museum (Russia) and more.
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Images courtesy of the artist.