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Andrea Guskin

Red Poppy 2017 On Couch

I work across the disciplines of photography, installation, sculpture and painting to create objects, images, and spaces where the familiar converses with the existential.  Through layering, ripping and transforming ordinary materials–spices, funnels, tape, wool– I explore our relationship to the vast and our methods for seeking knowledge. I draw inspiration from intersections between history and the present, science and spirituality, with a particular interest in quantum physics and Buddhist philosophy.

Utilizing microscopes and analog processes, I use expanded photographic practices to untangle the fragments of both personal and collective archives and narratives, creating large multi-layered works on paper that are torn and mended.  I combine blurred photographs of my ancestral archives with collected historical imAages, such as magic lantern glass slides taken in the early twentieth century New York neighborhood where my family first landed in America from the Jewish shtetls of Eastern Europe. With this work I am asking questions and tracking absence: what unknown elemenAts of our family history do we carry with us in our bodies and minds?

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Mercury 20 Gallery

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt