Art, in all its varied iterations, is about light and line. During the month of October, Gallery 66 NY will explore their interconnectivity, as exemplified in the works of two extraordinary artists: Jaanika Peerna and Cali Gorevic.
Estonian-born Peerna has lived in the New York area since 1998. A true multi-media creative force, Peerna expresses herself through drawings, videos, and installations that address the theme of transitions in nature – light, air, water. She is a master of monochrome, describing her work as “an abstract world in black and white.”
Peerna attributes her keen awareness of the subtleness of light and shading to her years in Estonia: “It would have been difficult to live there without learning to notice and appreciate the countless different shades of grey.” Through her deft use of pencils and video camera, mist turns to water, thousands of lines become a soft profusion of hair, and an abstract sketch suddenly transforms into shadows and smoke.
Peerna has exhibited extensively in the New York metropolitan area, as well as in Paris, Tallinn, Lisbon, Sofia, Dubai, Honolulu, Novosibirsk and Rome. In addition to inclusion in numerous private collections, her work was recently acquired by Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris. Peerna is based in Berlin for a year and will be on Skype for the opening reception.
The joint exhibit opens at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4, and runs through Oct. 27.