EXHIBITION of DRAWINGS and VIDEO
Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian born artist living and working in New York since 1998. Her work encompasses drawings, videos and light installations often dealing with the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena. She has an MFA in intermedia design from State University of New York, and has worked as teaching artist at DIA:Beacon, NY and the Visual Thinking Strategies project of the Soros Foundation. She has exhibited her work extensively since 2001 in entire New York metropolitan area as well as in Honolulu, Dubai, Paris, Lisbon, Tallinn, Rome and Sofia. Her 2011 exhibitions include the International Paper Art Biennial in Sofia, Bulgaria and a group exhibition Libetre at Chateau Asnieres in Paris. Her work is represented by Masters & Pelavin Gallery in New York. (www.masterspelavin.com)
This exhibition, entitled "Wind and Light", features drawing and video works. The drawings are wax pigment and graphite on mylar, ranging from intimate, 5 x 5 inch squares to larger, more ambitious expressions measuring up to four feet on a side. Regardless of scale, the group of drawings, identified by the titles: Air Dance Series and Maelstrom Series, are a response to the motions of air and wind. An economy of line spontaneously, yet assuredly, echoes the swirling, energized forces of nature. Peerna writes of these works that they are “mappings of air movement in nature registered by my senses. They chart quiet and tender breezes but also storms that have the power to destroy. There is beauty in the extremes as well as a hint of anxiety. The works are very immediate responses to sensory data and also reverberate on a bigger theme of changes in climate.” Their simplicity of black on white combined with an intense energy yields a rare profundity and beauty.
In the video work, WindSwept Light, (7:40), the viewer is pulled into the world of changing shafts of light and darkness which form landscapes of various scales and forms. At some point the previously described vision is changed by apparent shadows of tree branches appearing into the view.
The works are on loan from Masters & Pelavin Gallery in New York. For purchase inquiries contact Todd Masters at +1 212 925 9424.
Jaanika Peerna Exhibition at the Estonian Embassy in Washington