June 17 - June 24, 2017
Opening Reception: June 17th from 6-9pm
Closing Reception: June 24th from 6-8pm
5522 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
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Arts Aggregate in conjunction with Mokosh Gallery is pleased to announce Victoria Iungerich's second solo show featuring selected works from 2016 and 2017. Her new works examine the interconnectedness between body and memory through the medium of textiles and other gendered materials. Second Skin will run from June 17 through June 24, 2017 with an opening reception on Saturday, June 17th from 6-9pm.
Second Skin is Victoria Iungerich’s second solo show, two years after her first show Present Present at the Adam D. Kamil Gallery at UC San Diego. Although she continues to use similar materials including wood, copper wire, and linen; her work has grown in psychological intensity. Through her stitches and tears, her labor as well as her emotions are laid bare. Iungerich’s clean hem has developed into a frayed edge, composed of loose threads that are left fluttering in the air.
Iungerich’s work in Present Present probed the materiality of her medium and the liminal space between craft and art. Through her works, she returns to her childhood rituals of domestic work. Iungerich’s process is resonant of her upbringing in a traditional working class Soviet family were her fingers memorized the processes of sewing, knitting, and crochet. Her 2015 works responded harmoniously to the properties of her materials, the stitching was neat, and the edges clean and taut.
Many of her new works abandon the canvas structure altogether, and hang on the wall like delicate tapestries. Much of this new work was created during her time at The London Summer Intensive, a four-week residency for artists offered by the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and Camden Arts Centre. During this time, her work shrank in scale and grew in emotive tension. Iungerich continues to grapple with the mind and memory, building off of her 2015 works Refracted Memory, Futile Recollections, and Contemplation, to examine the psychological realm of collective memory and trauma. In Second Skin, Iungerich considers not only the tactile qualities of her materials, but also the corporeal metaphors they invoke. Crinkles, frays, loose threads, folds, and jagged stitching create a sense of turbulence, displacement, and at the same time familiarity. These abstracted markings resonate as scars, scratches, and wrinkles, not unlike the bodily marks that tell one’s history.
Victoria Iungerich (born 1981, Ukraine) received her BA in Studio Practice from University of California, San Diego in 2015. Iungerich creates work that often uses materials and techniques strongly associated with the feminine crafts and occupations, which are tied to her experience growing up in Ukraine. In 2015, Iungerich founded a non-profit organization – Arts Aggregate – that strives to support and promote emerging artists and art professionals at the beginning of their careers. In 2017, she founded Mokosh Gallery, a nomad gallery that uses alternative spaces to support the work of emerging artists. Her work has been exhibited in San Diego, Los Angeles, London, and Edmonton, Canada. She lives and works in San Diego, California.
The show will be open to the public during the following hours:
June 17, 1-6pm
June 18, 11am-6pm
June 23, 11am-6pm
June 24, 11am-6pm