Mike Bray + Anya Kivarkis | Marble, Mirrors, Pictures and Darkness
March 25 – June 25, 2016
Institute of Visual Arts, Madison, WI

In Marble, Mirrors, Pictures, and Darkness, Anya Kivarkis and Mike Bray examine representations of jewelry, luxury and glamour as depicted in cinema. In an effort to understand and deconstruct the immersive nature of the medium, they are investigating, sourcing, and attempting to reconstruct objects and settings from scenes within the narrative. Replicating only what is observable in the image of objects mediated through the screen, Kivarkis and Bray build the heightened lighting of film, focus, reflection, and the obstruction and gesture of a wearer’s body into these reconsidered objects, photos, and moving images.

Anya Kivarkis is currently Associate Professor and Area Head of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2004. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Sienna Gallery Emerging Artist Award, and presented the solo exhibition titled, ‘Blind Spot’. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the solo exhibition, ‘September Issue’ at Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ‘State of Oregon Craft’ at the Musuem of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, and ‘In Dialogue with the Baroque’ at Handwerkskammer fur Munchen and Oberbayern, Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Germany, and The ‘Portland2016 Biennial’ at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon. Anya was a recipient of the 2008 and 2014 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowships, the 2014 Oregon Career Opportunity Grant supported by the Hallie Ford Foundation, a 2014 University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award, and the 2007 Rotasa Foundation grant to support the publication of ‘The Thinking Body’, an exhibition co-curated with Kate Wagle. Her work is included in collections such as the Tacoma Art Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Rotasa Foundation, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Mike Bray has held solo exhibitions at Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR; Portland State University, Portland, OR; and Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, Washington. Select group exhibitions include the Portland2016 Biennial at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon; Sometimes You Get Nowhere, Grammar Center, Medford, OR; Dumb Angel, 12128 Boatspace, Portland, OR; We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR; and at the Lumber Room, Portland, OR. Bray has been awarded an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship, the Joan Shipley Award, and was a 2013 Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. His commitment to fellow artists is illustrated in his roles as co-founder and co-director of Ditch Projects artist run space in Springfield, Oregon and as a founding member of the Coast Time Artist Residency in Lincoln City, Oregon. He teaches at the University of Oregon and is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland.

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