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Martha Mysko
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: Like the screen of a bad television set, the work flickers between fantasy and reality. I build fractured narratives in a space between abstraction and representation. The work looks backward to recent pasts, but is not necessarily nostalgic. Re-utilizing materials, I construct, deconstruct, and then reconstruct. I find potential in the everyday and question conceptions of taste and value. Cultural and personal associations tied to objects and materials are disrupted through formal play, and explorations of perception and a painting space. There is a tug-of-war between impulsive action and careful decision making. I acknowledge, yet simultaneously resist a reliance on frames, and architectural sites. Gesture becomes structure. Surface feels impenetrable. Flat may become three-dimensional and three-dimensions may be presented as flat. Through hand painted surface and physical construction, I define and negate--blurring edges and boundaries. You may find yourself at once inside and outside. Often the work is sensitive to-- as opposed to specific--site, creating compositional unease. Hierarchies are called into question, and fractured elements become holistic yet remain simultaneously self-reflexive. I look for complexity in simple or understood relationships. Reflecting on technology and its relationship to the body, I build fluidly between the digital and the physical world, always with an insistence on materiality. Physicality bears weight on illusion.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Martha Mysko
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
b. 1982 Baltimore, MD
www.marthamysko.com
marthamysko@gmail.com

EDUCATION
2011 MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2004 BA Towson University, Towson, MD

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 MARC STRAUS, New York, NY
2013 "Down The Pigeon Hole" (In collaboration with Anne Vieux), Culture Room, Brooklyn, NY
2012 MARC STRAUS, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 The Body Metonymic, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI
2012 Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY
2011 New Insights, Art Chicago/NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Here Here: Graduate Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2009 Heavier Than a Death in the Family, 25CPW, New York, NY
ABCYZ, Silvershed, New York, NY
Sculpture Sabbath, Peter Cooper Park, New York, NY
Whitney’s Biennial, c.r.e.a.m. Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Die Ansummlung, Takt Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007 Lost In(stallation), Alte Saline, Hallein, Austria
2006 10th Annual Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

AWARDS, HONORS, RESIDENCIES
2013 Fundacion Botin, Tacita Dean Workshop, Santander, Spain
2010 Women’s Committee Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2009 Artist in Residence, The Homestead AK, Willow, AK
2008 Artist in Residence, Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany
2007 Internationale Sommerakademie fur Bildende Kunst, Salzburg AT

EXHIBITION PRESS
Evan J. Garza, New American Paintings Blog, TOP MFA Students on view at NEXT, April 29, 2011
Aimee Welleston, Artinamericamagazine.com Whitney’s Biennial Gives Young Artists a Second Chance at Biennial, August 28, 2009

 








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