MARCH EXHIBITIONS AND SGCI CONFERENCE
Mystery of the Female, Kristina Varaksina
Artists Reception: March 6, 5:30-7:30pm. Exhibition runs through March 31st.
Having shifted to fine art photography after a successful career in advertising, Kristina Varaksina is no stranger to the concept of idealized feminine beauty as defined by popular culture. Her debut solo exhibition “Mystery of the Female” challenges this concept, moving the model from object to subject, and the focus from surface to substance. Taking a cinematic and often surreal approach, Varaksina adds narrative and depth to a traditionally shallow context. Glamorous mainstream ideals become slightly skewed, and new dimensions are revealed.
Never departing from the focus on female beauty, Varaksina examines the subject’s deeper issues. “In my early advertising career I had to use images of nice looking women to sell products,” she explains. “I kept asking myself if anyone was interested in what was behind the beautiful facade.” While each tableau remains faithful to the traditional grammar of beauty, the images compel deeper considerations of emotion, intent, and identity.
Kristina Varaksina grew up in Yekaterinburg Russia, and began drawing portraits of her mother at age four. Her parents recognized her talent and sent her to a children’s art school. Eventually earning her BA and MFA degrees in Graphic Design, she became an advertising art director at twenty-four. Drawn to the freedom of freelance photography, Varaksina enrolled in Academy of Art University and completed her MFA in Photography in 2013. Today, she lives and works in New York.
Atelier and Cannery Galleries
Southern Graphics Council International’s 2014 Bridges Conference
The SGCI is the largest print organization in North America. Its annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking, and AAU is proud to be hosting exhibitions at our Atelier Gallery and all of our Cannery Gallery locations. Stop by during regular gallery hours and see the latest in the field of fine art printmaking. Exhibitions will run through the end of March, so be sure to make the rounds before they slip away.
Here’s a sneak peek from installation day.