United States of America
Color and Line Exploration
Gina Kukulski is an artist dedicated specifically to photography. In her works, she plays with infinite quotations to still life from different periods of western art history, but in with very contemporary image treatment. During her time at ´ace she continued her line of work, but she also added particular elements from Buenos Aires, both organic as leaves or flowers, and inanimate objects from our culture.
COLOR AND LINE EXPLORATION (by Gina Kukulski)
Through the use of line and colour, I am able to create balanced and harmonious still life pieces. As a digital still life photographer, I take the lessons I learned as a painter and apply it to my work. Creating a careful composition until it is just right, and experimenting with color theory have become an important part of my process. I find inspiration wherever I am working: from the subdue colors of a Michigan winter, to the fascinating compositions within structures in Argentina, to the vibrant colors of Texas. Each photograph has a journey of its own.
I often use found objects within the area that I am working in, as well as vegetation that is native to the area. I am able to record the sights and colors around me, and interpret them to still life. Each composition is mindfully constructed with objects, to create a balance of organic and inorganic lines, in addition to a careful eye for color.
1993 | Grand Haven, Michigan, USA.
2015 | Bachelor in Fine Art Photography at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Art history and Drawing in Paris, France.
2016 | Gallery Uptown Winter Art Festival.
2015 | Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
2015 | Aquinas College BFA Senior Show, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
2014 | Art on the Waterfront, Grand Haven, Michigan, USA.
2014 | Art.Downtown, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Line, Colour and Perspective
Artists in Dialogue
Gina Kukulski and Sam Malvas, were sub30 artists in Exploration Residency working during the March 2017 period. As a closing of her time at ´ace, we did an Open Studio on Wednesday March 29th, in which Gina and Sam shared their work process with artists, colleagues and the public from Buenos Aires.
Focused mainly on still life photography and with a great handling of the digital photography, theory of color, and art history appropriations, Kukulski explored during her residency other ways and possibilities within this format and resources. She moved from the photographs with completely still compositions of fruits, objects that suggest movement, different presences and even something phantasmagoric. She also focused on investigating an issue that has interested her since college, the combination of photography and painting. Within this, she added textured backgrounds that move away from the flat colors and clean surfaces with which she works in other series, without ever losing the harmonious compositions.
Sam is a painter who takes inspiration from her travels, and Buenos Aires presented itself as a great place with vibrant colours, contrasts and varied areas for her to create. During the four weeks of her residency, Sam added the transfer technique through which she included the maps of different areas of the city she had visited, combining in this way the acrylic paint with paper. As she got more immersed in the city, the colours she used shifted from strong reds, greens and blues to a wide scale of greys.
1993 | Grand Haven, Michigan, USA
1990 | USA
Lives and works in Rye Beach, New Hampshire, USA