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Colors of Distance

  • Studio Duo 40-08 22ND STREET, 2ND FLOOR LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK 11101 USA (map)

Opening Reception: June 7th, 6-8PM
Artist Talk: June 14th, 7PM

Curated by Bia Monteiro

Studio Duo presents Colors of Distance, an exhibition of three international artists exploring distance and memory through still and moving images. The distance set by each artist when they place their body creates both a physical and emotional distance, a fundamental piece of the process when creating an image. Taking into account that globalization has narrowed the distance between nations and people, the curator - Bia Monteiro, bring these artists together in order to invite the spectator to consider how we place our bodies in space and how it affects our emotions.

Martha Naranjo Sandoval’s self-portrait video created with found material from her archive, material from friends and her community acts as an attempt to see herself. According to her, “I am what I want to be and what I end up being whether I like it or not.“ The intimacy of summer love stories portrayed by Isabella Ståhl in her small prints suggests a feeling she described as, “You don't remember the hot summer days in the city were you were walking around aimlessly feeling empty and lost. Did we belong together? Is that place really different from where you are now?” And Matthew Cohen’s large scale prints show the mapping of trails in remote places to balance what is near and far. Through these three artists we experience not only a wide range of emotions and contradictions but we also position our own bodies in relationship with the work, repeating, in a way, their process when making the images.

As I took inspiration from Rebecca Solnit’s A field Guide to Getting Lost, I offer this excerpt in context of the exhibition: “For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go.”

The relationship to scale and to colors established by each artist becomes fundamental for each story. Even though emotions are universal, expressing them can become unique through the choices made during the creative process.

Matthew Cohen
Martha Naranjo Sandoval
Isabella Ståhl

Earlier Event: May 11
The Artist's Body
Later Event: June 15
Journeys: Immigration Stories