Katarina Poliacikova & Nick Kline
….about the challenge of telling other people very personal experiences of coincidence…. it’s one of those things that hits so strong but often with other peoples, unless they are close, it’s not so powerful, believable or meaningful… And then it’s so tiring when you hear a lot of them, like the NY times article….
yes…I know. on one hand there is the overwhelming feeling of the invisible structure, higher order logic, immediacy; while at the same time realizing we’re still utterly lonely beings who can share only to a certain extent…
To Go, is based on six months of fluid conversations between the two artists in which stories of coincidence kept emerging. In total there are nine montages; three personal stories by each artist, and three stories of coincidence they share. In their respective artistic practices Poliacikova and Kline examine the slippery slope of representing personal and cultural memory and place.
Katarina Poliacikova, is an artist based in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2013, she finished her PhD studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Oskar Cepan Award (a part of The YVAA awards in Central Europe and the Balkans). She has participated in numerous residency programs in Europe and USA: among others, the Triangle Arts Association residency and the Residency Unlimited program, both in New York City. Her first solo exhibition in USA took place at Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. She is working with different mediums, although her recent body of work is evolving around the medium of photography and its relation to time and memory.
Nick Kline, is a NYC based artist and professor of art at Rutgers University, NJ. Currently, Artist-in-Residence, Center for Contemporary Arts Prague, Kline is recipient of numerous awards and has had solo and group exhibitions in the US and Internationally. Recent exhibition of Newark Will See it Through, involves photographs of images discovered in the City of Newark, NJ Archive. Files from the 1970’s include original editor notes and hand-drawn crop marks on images that the public was never intended to see. Portrait Studio, Newark, NJ is another current work, a socially engaged art project. Situated within an old department store that was coincidentally the site of the infamous Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee’s first job, this is an experimental and contemporary interpretation of the classic community based photography studio.