Transart alumnus Magda Biernat exhibits at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, NM

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Magda Biernat’s ADRIFT series will be exhibited at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, NM as a part of a group show entitled Knew Normal, opening on August 29th.

“In 2013 I traveled from the continent of Antarctica to Barrow, Alaska, 320 miles north of the Artic Circle, through seventeen countries in the Americas. I documented dwellings, how human habitation responds to and reflects harsh landscapes, and the means with which societies adapt to changing climates, both cultural and physical. During the journey I was drawn to subjects which were both a departure from my work yet still felt like a familiar target: organic and inorganic structures succumbing to the effects of a warming planet.” — Magda Biernat

Adrift is a sequenced series of photographs that occilates between icebergs ‘adrift’ on the ocean and manmade structures submerged in snow. They are hauntingly silent images that might arise out of a frozen dream of a forgotten world and culture. The accordian fold of the book lends itself to a sense of floating from one image to the next.

Four prints from Magda Biernat’s ADRIFT series will be exhibited at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, NM as a part of a group show entitled Knew Normal, curated by Nancy Zastudil.

516 ARTS is an independent, nonprofit contemporary arts organization, which operates a museum-style gallery in Downtown Albuquerque and presents exhibitions, public programming and educational activities.

Knew Normal presents a selection of recent works from established and emerging contemporary artists who use paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and wearable art to bear witness to the moments when environments, including the body, become more difficult or awkward to inhabit for reasons generally attributed to climate change. The artists in Knew Normal depict universally familiar themes of loss and uncertainty, tempered with unmistakable empathy and, at times, hope and humor. Each artwork in the exhibition tells a story about how our physical and psychological environments are shaped by current climates, whether social, political or environmental. Several of the artists also look to the future, as characters of the existing universe are drastically altered or disappear altogether. Knew Normal recognizes the age old tradition (or compulsion) of art making as a strategy for understanding complex circumstances and emotions. As we come to terms with our “new normal,” and as we brace for the near and distant future, what will we learn from what once was and how might we affect what will be? The exhibition is guest curated by Nancy Zastudil.

This exhibition is part of a larger program at 526 Arts this fall:

HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts.
August 29 – October 31, 2015
Opening Reception, August 29th, 6 – 8 pm

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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