PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY, Ottawa / Montreal
For VOLTA NY, Natasha Mazurka has created RECURSION, an installation of embossed drawings and cut-vinyl patterns that highlight the communicative potential of pattern, and its implications on social networking.
In her new installation, Mazurka tests the communicative potential of pattern by sampling and combining visual references from diverse disciplines such as architecture and bioinformatics, digital networks, and futuristic popular films. The result is a drawing process that involves hand-embossing on parchment paper, creating a fragile and tactile surface that counteracts the digital and non-material references in the patterns.
Mazurka’s cut vinyl patterns reference how the syntax we employ to structure our environments is a reflection of our thoughts, desires, and anxieties at a given time. Using historical and contemporary design and information systems, these works bring into focus the opposing, and sometimes contradictory, aesthetic approaches used to relate to the world around us at different points in time.
Natasha Mazurka’s art practice addresses the communicative potential of pattern; the role of pattern systems as sites that order experience with both trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary histories. Her work engages vocabularies of graphic syntax from assorted eras, drawing connections between historical and current-day methods of aestheticizing natural and technological phenomena. Mazurka responds to the motives and outcomes—social, political, and epistemological—aligned with organizing the world through graphic syntax. By underscoring the elusive character of current natural and technological phenomena that have no concrete visible or physical form, her works bring out the expansive and transitional, that which has no fixed form.
Mazurka has an Honours BA from McMaster University and MFA from Concordia University. Her work can be found in the collections of Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Embassy in London, City of Ottawa Art Collection, Canadian Fine Art Collection, Sweden, and in private/corporate collections in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Morocco.