Birthe Piontek, Untitled #1 from the series Janus, 2019, archival pigment print, 40.64 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Birthe Piontek, Untitled #1 from the series Janus, 2019, archival pigment print, 40.64 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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Janus

Postponed

Please note that this exhibition is postponed until further notice to ensure the health and safety of our community to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

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Much of Birthe Piontek’s work to date has had an emotional gravitas peppered with a wry appreciation of the absurd. Her work is succinct, and using the photographic bounds of light, shadow, symbol, and composition she is able to elucidate a narrative of place, time, and human experience. In her new body of work, this formalism comes up against the wave of change: change of body, change of mind, change of state of being. Disembodied elements of the artist’s physical self interact with equally temporal set pieces such as gourds, flowers, and fruit. In some cases, this unlikely alliance is forced into being by a pair of nylons: the absurd is beginning to dictate terms to the norm. Like the Roman god after whom the exhibition is named, Piontek is giving substance to the change that comes as deliberately as sunlight across a room.

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