Karina Aguilera Skvirsky
Skvirsky created “The Observation Gallery” while an artist-in-residence at the Woolworth building through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Placing her still camera on a dolly, she recorded the act of moving through the space. Her viewpoint is suggestive of “first-person shooter” (referring to video game perspective in which the player’s viewpoint is simultaneous with that of the character they control). Skvirsky’s motion study of a virtualized real space allows us to consider architecture and environments that quietly define our own movements.
Skvirsky has manipulated each digital still to enhance the airiness of the skyscraper and the dreaminess of the voice over text (provided by Jo Ann Allen who reads excerpts from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, examining the intersection of memory and place). The interiors of the pictured spaces have been lightened to reveal their internal structure and provide a contrast to the buildings in color framed by the Woolworth’s windows. This process adjoins inside and out calling into question how we perceive the interior spaces in which we live and work and how public spaces are representative of our collective experience of urban life.
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky received her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from Indiana University. Exhibitions featuring her work include those at StudioSOTO in Boston, Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, Brooke Alexander Gallery in NYC, and Jessica Murray Projects in Brooklyn. Karina’s work is included in the collections of El Múseo del Barrío, the Bronx Museum of Art, New York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. She will be included in the 10th Biennial of the Moving Image at the Centre Pour l’image Contemporaine in Geneva, Switzerland.