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USA: Katja Novitskova's exhibition "Earth Potential"

From June 22 to September 9, 2017, Katja Novitskova's exhibition "Earth Potential" is open in the City Park Hall of New York.

"Earth Potential" is an exhibition of new works by artist Katja Novitskova (b. 1984 Tallinn, Estonia; lives in Berlin, Germany) that explores the relationships among science, technology, fiction, and our image-based culture.

Scattered throughout the park are seven large aluminum sculptures featuring online-sourced, digitally-printed images of the Earth, celestial objects, and enlarged, seemingly alien but terrestrial organisms. Sourced by the artist from the Internet, these striking images were originally created through advanced imaging techniques like a microscope that can magnify an organism by 10,000 times or a satellite orbiting the Earth. In exploring worlds unseen by the naked eye, these new sculptures employ photography, scale, and juxtaposition to transform the park into a seemingly Sci-Fi landscape.

The images — which range from Venus and Saturn’s moon to the common earthworm and Hydra — were selected and combined by the artist to question the dichotomies of reality and fiction. While appearing otherworldly and futuristic in their presentation, these organisms and bodies have significant research value within the scientific community for their potential to advance and understand our species and world. For example, the tiny freshwater Hydra is studied for its regenerative abilities, while the manipulated image of the cloudless Earth is used to monitor the continued growth of cities around the world.

Through both scientific and poetic lenses, Novitskova invites us to reflect on the ways in which we see—and comprehend—the potential of the Earth.

"Earth Potential" is curated by Emma Enderby.

About the Artist

Born in 1984, in Tallinn, Estonia, Katja Novitskova now lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2017, she will represent Estonia in the Venice Biennale, and recent solo exhibitions include Greene Naftali, New York (2016); Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg (2016); Kunsthalle Lisbon (2015); Mottahedan Projects, Dubai (2014), and CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany (2016); Okayama Art Summit, Okayama, Japan (2016); Bremen Art Prize, Kunsthalle Bremen (2016); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2016); De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, Netherlands (2016); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); Le Museé d’art contemporain de Lyon (2015); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015); Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2014); and Fridericianum, Kassel (2013).

Additional information: Kristi Roosma-Tootel, cultural advisor in New York, kristi.roosmaatootell@mfa.ee, +1 212 646 514 0084