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Petra Vargova
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: In my installations, I create unique environments to evoke individual, intimate experiences. I expose my audience to the series of circumstances linked to a particular personal psychological and physical reminiscence of a place, event or feeling. The pieces strongly reflect my interest in and fascination with abstract materials and with natural forces such as air, light/color, temperature, and sound.
My most recent work, Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and document city life. Basic everyday situations, city infrastructure, urban planning, public transport systems, air pollution and urban noises are underlying resources of these works.
Extensive research is an important component of preparing these pieces. To understand viewers' reactions to my work, I continuously investigate the mechanics and limits of human perception. Because I believe in power of simplicity my installations are minimalistic, elusive and often uneasy to capture. I do not limit myself to a specific media.
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  • Urban Series: Thread
    2013
    Extension Cords, Power Cord Splitters   Variable
    Thread is an installation inspired by the wiring system in the New York City underground. Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and document city life. Basic everyday

  • Urban Series: Thread (Detail)
    2013
    Extension Cords, Power Cord Splitters   Variable
    Thread is an installation inspired by the wiring system in the New York City underground. Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and document city life. Basic everyday

  • Urban Series: Grayscale
    2013
    Wood, Acrylic Paint   Variable
    Grayscale is an abstract representation of the city's sky color as I experienced it in my neighborhood of Brooklyn. Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and docu

  • Urban Series: Grayscale
    2013
    Wood, Acrylic Paint   Variable
    Grayscale is an abstract representation of the city's sky color as I experienced it in my neighborhood of Brooklyn. Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and docu

  • Urban Series: Grayscale (Detail)
    2013
    Wood, Acrylic Paint   Variable
    Grayscale is an abstract representation of the city's sky color as I experienced it in my neighborhood of Brooklyn. Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and docu

  • Urban Series: Neighborhood
    2010
    Acrylic, Golden Paint   Variable
    Neighborhood is an installation illustrating the urban structure of an American city. Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and document city life. Basic everyday situ

  • Urban Series: Neighborhood (Detail)
    2010
    Acrylic, Golden Paint   Variable
    Neighborhood is an installation illustrating the urban structure of an American city. Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and document city life. Basic everyday situ

  • Grass
    2009
    Digital Pigments on Canvas   38" x 58.7"
    Grass is a computer generated digital drawing where I have employed randomness as a creative tool. The drawing is a result from a computer program I wrote that uses a random function to generate drawi

  • 25 35
    1998, 2008
    Digital Pigments on Paper, Mounted on White Masonite   65.7" x 37.4" each
    In this drawing series, I drew a circle for every month of my life starting with a diameter of 1 cm for my first year and adding 1 cm with every consecutive year so the circles' diameters corresp

  • 25 35 (Detail)
    1998, 2008
    digital Pigments on Paper, Mounted on White Masonite   65.7" x 37.4" each
    In this drawing series, I drew a circle for every month of my life starting with a diameter of 1 cm for my first year and adding 1 cm with every consecutive year so the circles' diameters corresp

  • Sound Flowers
    2007
    Wood, Jasmonite, Custom Sound Mechanism   Variable
    This project is a kinetic, interactive sound installation deriving from my reminiscence of Scandinavian landscape in the winter, filled with simple monochromatic beauty, sharp sounds and noises. A cus

  • Sound Flowers (Detail)
    2007
    Wood, Jasmonite, Custom Sound Mechanism   Variable
    This project is a kinetic, interactive sound installation deriving from my reminiscence of Scandinavian landscape in the winter, filled with simple monochromatic beauty, sharp sounds and noises. A cus

  • Tears
    2006
    Glass Crystals, Custom Computer Program   Variable
    The Tears installation deals with a theme of intimacy, sadness and pain. I use custom software to process data from my personal life. Based on this data, the computer generates the future appearance o
 








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