Published by 303inPrint
Edition of 75 copies, signed
8 x 11 inches
Published on the occasion of Marina Pinsky's first exhibition at 303 Gallery, February 22 - March 31, 2018.
Moving between photographic and sculptural works, Pinsky utilizes oblique symbols to invoke potent invisible histories. Comprised of analog black-and-white photographs and a constellation of newly developed sculptures, the exhibition proposes a consideration of the origins of New York in its pre-urban settlement.
The exhibition's photographs are drawings of pine trees, taken from early American colonial flags first appearing in the 1600s in New England. These small images are created without negatives using direct positive black-and-white paper, and appear as mirror images of the traditional analog enlargements facing them. Besides its colonial origin, this pine tree insignia was adopted in 1913 as the symbol of the New York Armory Show. Together with the tagline "The New Spirit," it re-introduced the pine tree as a symbolic reminder of American rebellion, and established New York at the vanguard of contemporary art. Magnifying this conflation of iconography, Pinsky's excursive photographs allow for a more deliberate consideration of the icon and its various histories.