C. JUSCHKA FINE ART
R E S E N T S
17 - February 23, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 6-9pm
MASLEN & MEHRA
American Eagle - Times Square - New York - series II -
C-Print mounted on dibond
63 x 47 1/4 in.
160.02 x 120.02 cm.
Click on images for installation views
C. Juschka Fine Art is pleased to present Shadow Lands, the
collaborative (Tim) Maslen & (Jennifer) Mehras first
solo exhibition at the gallery. Maslen & Mehra explore
ideas that revolve around the coexistence of nature and culture
in an increasingly complex world.
an age of digital photography and new technologies, Maslen
& Mehra, in their Mirrored and Native series, find themselves
immersed in non-digital photographic techniques. For these
series they create temporary interventions in natural and
urban landscapes, which they then capture with a medium format
film camera. The imagery from both these series suggests a
place where we can have our cake and eat it too. A paradise
where we strive to co-habit with the flora and fauna of our
planet (Mirrored series) and a place where we can live in
our urban realities but somehow still remain connected to
nature (Native series).
the Mirrored series, Maslen & Mehra appropriate imagery
of people, whose silhouettes are then made into mirrored sculptures.
By placing them into the landscape and photographing them
in this new context, Maslen & Mehra forge an unusual synthesis
at first sight: the juxtaposition of highly urban people and
wide-open spaces. (Highway 190 Death Valley, USA and Lake
Waikaremoana, New Zealand.) The result of these forced symbioses
raises issues of the human existence and alludes to the impermanence
and fragility of mankind.
the Native series, Maslen & Mehra research fauna that
is, or once was indigenous to the country in which they are
photographed. Then, by posing mirrored sculptures of these
animals in an urban environment, they in turn reflect the
man-made structures around them. (Roe Deer - Docklands - London
I, American Eagle - Times Square - New York and Ibex - Louvre
- Paris II)
& Mehra create a sense of urgency in both series which
leaves us with questions about our civilisation, its origin
and its future, at times when global-warming, global wars
and technologies are part of the same world.
(Tim) Maslen was born in Perth, Australia and (Jennifer) Mehra
was born in London. Both currently live and work in London.
Maslen holds an MFA from Goldsmiths University of London,
and Mehra holds a BFA from the National Art School in Sydney,
Australia. They have been the subject of several solo exhibitions
and participated in numerous group shows. Forthcoming solo
exhibitions in 2008 will include "Two Worlds," at
the Piramid Art Centre in Istanbul, Turkey and "Maslen
& Mehra," at MK Contemporary in Milton Keynes, UK.
Recent exhibitions include the East Wing Collection, which
was housed for two years at the Courtauld Institute London
and Urban Space, which took place at the Art and Technology
Institute Oi Futuro, Rio De Janeiro and Foto Arte Brasilia.
Priska Juschka at the gallery for an opening reception on
Thursday, January 17, 6-9pm
hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 PM or by appointment.
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art NY
17/01/08 - 23/02/08
547 West 27th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 1 212 244 4320/ 1 718 782 4100
Fax: 1 212 594 5452