Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.
Exhibition dates: January 18 – February 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 6-8 PM
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York presents Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals., an exhibition by artist and Baxter St at CCNY 2017 Workspace Resident Katarina Jerinic.
In this solo show, Jerinic recreates nautical signal code flags using images she made while wandering the streets of New York City. The flags provide a system of communication understood from a distance, and used when lost at sea or, in Jerinic’s case, the sidewalk. Like the flags’ original function, the artist’s flags correspond to the alphabet and relay simple, urgent messages such as “You are running into danger” and “I require assistance”—as well as the exhibition’s title Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.
On a nearby wall, a series of photographs show a lone figure amidst a deserted urban waterfront using these very flags to send quasi-cryptic signals towards the “sea” on the gallery’s opposite wall. Jerinic’s “sea” is a nearly 27-foot long cyanotype mural on fabric made from a series of photographs which alternate images of the city’s solid terrain and the watery landscape that surrounds and defines it. When rendered in the deep blue hues characteristic of the cyanotype process, the surfaces of the river and the street become almost the same. Jerinic’s exhibition calls attention to the precarity of New York City as a series of islands, and, like her work in general, considers the fluid and tenuous boundary between constructed landscapes and natural phenomena.
Katarina Jerinic‘s projects respond to and intervene within built landscapes through the use of maps, photographs, and other ephemera that encourage unfamiliar explorations of everyday surroundings. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Bronx Museum of the Arts; BRIC Arts Media House, Brooklyn; the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at University of Nevada Las Vegas and others and supported by the NYC DOT Art Program; the Puffin Foundation; Times Square Alliance; and Brooklyn Arts Council. Residencies include Center for Book Arts; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space and MacDowell Colony. She has an MFA in Photography and Related Media from School of Visual Arts and a BA in History from American University.
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is a 501(c)3 artist run arts organization. Each year, Baxter St at CCNY selects four emerging photographers living in New York City for the Workspace Residency Program, which offers them analog and digital workspace at the International Center of Photography, access to the Baxter St at CCNY community and programs, and solo exhibitions at Baxter St. This exhibition is the first in a series of four solo exhibitions by 2017 winners of the Workspace Residency, supported by the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, Fujifilm of North America, and Awagami Factory.