gallery SENSEI is proud to present ‘Drawings’, an exhibition of work by Iliana Ortega.
Originally trained as a painter, Ortega’s media of choice is photography, which she deforms through the act of painting, drawing and scratching. The driving force behind her work is her desire to manifest and capture light in nighttime landscapes, “dedicating close attention to the workings of artificial and natural light”.
Ortega’s artistic process involves scratching pure black pigment prints with drill bits to simulate and suggest, with subtle sensibility, the illusion of light inside the photographic composition. Realism and abstraction—photograph and representational image—collide in Ortega’s works, causing the viewer to question their sense of perception.
“This work and research on darkness has led me to seek out places that provide me with strong natural darkness -- with limited light -- creating a mysterious beauty that equates itself with silence.”
June 20th-25th, 2014. OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 20th, 6:00-9:00 pm
278 Grand Street, 2nd fl, 10002 New York City (btw Eldridge and Forsyth)