Gallery Hijinks is proud to present (t)here, a solo exhibition by Pakayla Biehn. Featuring new photorealistic multiple-exposure paintings that revisit the cognitive distinction between authenticity and abstraction while utilizing the suggestive combination of critical and substantial realism. Please join us for the opening reception on October 8th, 2011 from 6-10pm.
Building upon the double exposure theme of her previous works, Pakayla uses oil paint on canvas to present dream-like transfiguration of the natural world. The skill and refined beauty of her paintings enlists a realist style that recalls the delicacy, formality, and craftsmanship of old master techniques. She combines the cultivation of the portrait with a very intimate and vibrant observation of nature.
The artist is concerned with themes of ephemerality, melancholy, and the marriage of subjective experience and beauty. Pakayla’s process treats her subjects with a modern approach; the dual imagery provides the viewer with the sense of historical substance or the artist’s version of it.
Pakayla displays the unique potential to capture her subjects in inextricable moments that appear to straddle two worlds at once, that in which we exist and another slightly beyond our comprehension. These indistinct figures lend to the imagination with soft color, faint texture, and shrouded focus, offering the viewer a chance to finish the story that has been laid before them.
(t)here: a point where emotional complexity, dreams and reality are unified in a solo exhibition by Pakayla Biehn. Showing October 8th through November 5th, 2011. This event is open to the public.