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Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision) , 2016 Digital print on aluminum, cutout display Variable

Katja Novitskova

Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display

Variable 

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision) , 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision) , 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision) , 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Hominids, IR Thermal Vision), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova Storm Time Approximation (Mercury Transit, Drosophila Melanogaster), 2016 Digital print on 2 layers of aluminum, cutout display  58 1/4 x 96 3/8 x 12 inches (148 x 244.8 x 30.5 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Storm Time Approximation (Mercury Transit, Drosophila Melanogaster), 2016

Digital print on 2 layers of aluminum, cutout display 

58 1/4 x 96 3/8 x 12 inches (148 x 244.8 x 30.5 cm)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Mercury Transit, Drosophila Melanogaster), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (Mercury Transit, Drosophila Melanogaster), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova Storm Time Approximation (EM Map: Human, Drosophila), 2016 Digital print on 2 layers of aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass  116 1/8 x 105 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches (295 x 268 x 92.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Storm Time Approximation (EM Map: Human, Drosophila), 2016

Digital print on 2 layers of aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass 

116 1/8 x 105 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches (295 x 268 x 92.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (EM Map: Human, Drosophila), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Storm Time Approximation (EM Map: Human, Drosophila), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova Storm Time Approximation (EM Map: S Pombe, C Elegans) , 2016 Digital print on 2 layers of aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass 110 x 94 7/8 x 34 1/2 inches (279.4 x 241 x 87.6 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Storm Time Approximation (EM Map: S Pombe, C Elegans), 2016

Digital print on 2 layers of aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass

110 x 94 7/8 x 34 1/2 inches (279.4 x 241 x 87.6 cm)

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova Mamaroo (Storm Time, Plastic Palm Trees) , 2016 Electronic baby swing, polyurethane resin, epoxy foam clay, wall fixtures, plastic palm trees, stickers  53 1/2 x 28 x 33 1/2 inches (135.9 x 71.1 x 85.1 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Mamaroo (Storm Time, Plastic Palm Trees), 2016

Electronic baby swing, polyurethane resin, epoxy foam clay, wall fixtures, plastic palm trees, stickers 

53 1/2 x 28 x 33 1/2 inches (135.9 x 71.1 x 85.1 cm)

Katja Novitskova Mamaroo (Storm Time, Robotic Bugs), 2016 Electronic baby swing, polyurethane resin, epoxy foam clay, wall fixtures, robotic bugs 34 x 29 x 31 inches (86.4 x 73.7 x 78.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Mamaroo (Storm Time, Robotic Bugs), 2016

Electronic baby swing, polyurethane resin, epoxy foam clay, wall fixtures, robotic bugs

34 x 29 x 31 inches (86.4 x 73.7 x 78.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova, Mamaroo (Storm Time, Robotic Bugs), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Mamaroo (Storm Time, Robotic Bugs), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova Mamaroo (Storm Time, Brains), 2016 Electronic baby swing, polyurethane resin, epoxy foam clay, wall fixtures, foam stress brains 35 x 32 1/2 x 33 inches (88.9 x 82.6 x 83.8 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Mamaroo (Storm Time, Brains), 2016

Electronic baby swing, polyurethane resin, epoxy foam clay, wall fixtures, foam stress brains

35 x 32 1/2 x 33 inches (88.9 x 82.6 x 83.8 cm)

Katja Novitskova, Mamaroo (Storm Time, Robotic Bugs), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Mamaroo (Storm Time, Robotic Bugs), 2016 (detail)

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova, Installation view, Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York, 2016

Katja Novitskova Approximation (C. Elegans Dendrite Endings: ASI, ASJ, ASK, ADL), 2016 Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass 97 1/2 x 56 x 26 1/4 inches (247.7 x 142.2 x 66.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Approximation (C. Elegans Dendrite Endings: ASI, ASJ, ASK, ADL), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass

97 1/2 x 56 x 26 1/4 inches (247.7 x 142.2 x 66.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova  Approximation (C. Elegans Dendrite Endings: ASR, ADF, ASG, ASH), 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass  99 1/4 x 68 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches (252.1 x 174 x 66.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Approximation (C. Elegans Dendrite Endings: ASR, ADF, ASG, ASH), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass

99 1/4 x 68 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches (252.1 x 174 x 66.7 cm)

Katja Novitskova  Approximation (C. elegans Dendrite Endings: AWA, AWB, AWC, AFD), 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass  A: 66 3/4 x 84 x 18 1/2 inches (169.5 x 213.4 x 47 cm)  B: 65 1/4 x 59 x 15 1/2 inches (165.7 x 149.9 x 39.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Approximation (C. elegans Dendrite Endings: AWA, AWB, AWC, AFD), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass

A: 66 3/4 x 84 x 18 1/2 inches (169.5 x 213.4 x 47 cm)

B: 65 1/4 x 59 x 15 1/2 inches (165.7 x 149.9 x 39.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova  Approximation (C.Elegans Dendritte Endings: URX, URAV), 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass  91 1/2 x 59 3/8 x 25 inches (232.4 x 150.8 x 63.5 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Approximation (C.Elegans Dendritte Endings: URX, URAV), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass

91 1/2 x 59 3/8 x 25 inches (232.4 x 150.8 x 63.5 cm)

Katja Novitskova  Approximation (C. Elegans Dendrite Endings: URB, URAD, OL/IL), 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass  86 5/8 x 68 7/8 x 22 inches (220 x 174.9 x 55.9 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Approximation (C. Elegans Dendrite Endings: URB, URAD, OL/IL), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; plexiglass

86 5/8 x 68 7/8 x 22 inches (220 x 174.9 x 55.9 cm)

Katja Novitskova  C Elegans Potential (Older Female With Eggs Hatching In Uteri)17600, 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display   44 x 98 x 2 1/2 inches (111.8 x 248.9 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova

C Elegans Potential (Older Female With Eggs Hatching In Uteri)17600, 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display 

44 x 98 x 2 1/2 inches (111.8 x 248.9 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova  C. Elegans Potential (Pink Merge), 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display   50 x 66 x 2 1/2 inches (127 x 167.6 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova

C. Elegans Potential (Pink Merge), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display 

50 x 66 x 2 1/2 inches (127 x 167.6 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova  C. Elegans Potential (Neuron ASEL), 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display   59 1/2 x 97 x 2 1/2 inches (151.1 x 246.4 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova

C. Elegans Potential (Neuron ASEL), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display 

59 1/2 x 97 x 2 1/2 inches (151.1 x 246.4 x 6.4 cm)

 

Katja Novitskova  C. Elegans Potential (Mutant) , 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display   58 x 75 x 2 1/2 inches (147.3 x 190.5 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova

C. Elegans Potential (Mutant), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display 

58 x 75 x 2 1/2 inches (147.3 x 190.5 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova Approximation (Trichinella Worm) , 2016 Digital print on aluminum, cutout display  46 x 98 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches (116.8 x 250.8 x 9.8 cm)Katja Novitskova  Approximation (Trichinella Worm), 2016  Digital print on aluminum, cutout display   46 x 95 x 2 1/2 inches (116.8 x 241.3 x 6.4 cm)

Katja Novitskova

Approximation (Trichinella Worm), 2016

Digital print on aluminum, cutout display 

46 x 95 x 2 1/2 inches (116.8 x 241.3 x 6.4 cm)

Press Release

Katja Novitskova

Approximation (Storm Time)

 

November 18th, 2016 – January 7th, 2017

8th Floor

 

Greene Naftali is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Katja Novitskova, the artist’s first with the gallery, and her debut solo exhibition in the United States. Culling from myriad sources online, Novitskova mines the Internet for images and data visualizations, often specific to scientific research and elusive to the eye. Leveling the anthropologically familiar with speculative projections of the future, she aims to synthesize retinal sight with that of machinic imaging. Rather than depicting the observable environment, Novitskova assembles various visual incarnations of data, which are collected by an immense number of sensors and cameras at the frontiers of human knowledge of the world. According to Novitskova, “today any image can serve as an informational diagram of something else, a triggering pattern, a dataset to be mined. The storm of data is brewing.” In the process of mapping this storm, life becomes mutated and augmented, as one organism’s body is channeled toward developing the future of another.

 

For her exhibition at Greene Naftali, Novitskova orchestrates an immersive environment in which non-human animal forms coalesce with machines. Novitskova’s aluminum dibond panels, native to advertising displays, depict model organisms like the roundworm (C. elegans), fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and yeast (S. pombe) – species widely used in scientific research for their genetic commonalities with humans. Captured as enlarged microscopic photographs and computer generated renderings, the image-derived sculptures resemble a synthetic landscape, standing like vegetation throughout the space. Navigating this landscape are three apes, shot by an infrared camera in a light spectrum inaccessible to the human eye. The two largest aluminum panels in the show resemble oversized, slippery pink boulders. They are in fact images of protein structures – one from the single cell yeast species, the other from the human body – on which a fruit fly and a roundworm are superimposed.

 

In the rear gallery, robotic sculptures are stationed on aluminum trusses. Their bodies, gently swaying amid soothing sounds, are comprised of re-purposed electronic baby swings with patterned resin diaphragms for a cradle. Unlike their commercial counterpart, these have laser eyes that pierce through the space, quietly mapping their surroundings. Novitskova’s appropriation of white noise machines and baby swings – strange technological proxies for the comfort of the womb – both underline the nascency of machine consciousness, while also orchestrating an eerie prenatal environment inhabited by mutant forms.