A new gallery in New York dedicated to art with landscape themes exhibits photographs by Lucia Papčo
Christian Duvernois Gallery will open with its inaugural show, a solo exhibition by contemporary Slovakian artist Lucia Papčo, entitled Arcadia. The 12 photographs and 6-minute video featured in the show, taken in the forested mountains of Papčo's native Slovakia, capture the sublime, yet fleeting moments when light, angle and shadow align to reveal a more perfect vision of the landscape.
In many cases, the light conditions she sought to capture occur only a few days of the year, for a few minutes per day. The ephemeral nature of these "Arcadian moments" required the artist to spend a significant amount of time observing and documenting the changes in light and how they affected her perception of place.
Deirdre Donohue from the International Center of Photography writes that “viewing the images by Lucia Papčo gathered in this exhibition, the eye re-adjusts, perceptions change, and the invisible gradually reveals itself. The viewer is more than merely a witness, and instead participates in traversing the border between the visible and the invisible.”
Papčo limits herself to traditional black and white photography and, in order to imbue the images with a certain level of realism, avoids digital manipulation. By underexposing the photographs and transforming a colored reality into a monochromatic image, Papčo evokes a sense of abstraction from the physical environment. It may seem to the viewer as if the images were conceived from something that is disappearing, or has yet to be discovered.