CONCEPT

 

Lina Iris Viktor chooses to work in a strictly limited world - it is a mythical one of her creation existing within the zen-influenced, blurred lines of the real and the imagined. The world she imagines is perfectly curated, puristic, and minimalist - it tends to cancel out materiality, to transfer it to the realm of the spiritual & the alchemical. Governed by a purist color palette, her work considers the natural laws, hermetic philosophies, mathematic & scientific principles, and seeks to instill a divine order to all around her.

Working across multiple mediums, she adheres to the colour palette of blue, black, white and 24-karat gold to create paintings, sculptural works, photography, performance works, and installations. Viktor's work fuses apparent contradictions, synchronizing the monumental and the minuscule, decadent and the minimal, the spectacular and the invisible, seeking to heighten the experience of the spectator by creating immersive environments that transport the viewer into other worlds. 

It is evident through her process of creation and self-documentation that Viktor spends time monitoring the intention of her art, and takes the responsibility of directing her ever-evolving public role as an artist.

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

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Lina Iris Viktor is a conceptual artist, performance artist, and painter. She lives and works itinerantly between New York and London.

Raised in London to Liberian parents, she traveled extensively in her youth also living in Johannesburg, South Africa for many years. The multi-disciplinary approach to her work, which weaves disparate materials and methods belonging both to contemporary and ancient art forms calls into question the nature of time and being. Her works are a merging of photography, performance, abstract painting, along with the ancient practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to create increasingly dark canvases embedded with “layers of light” in the form of symbols and intricate patterns. Viktor regards these dark canvases to be “light-works”. Each provoke a philosophical commentary through material that at once addresses the infinite and the finite, immortality and mortality, the microcosm and macrocosm, in addition to the socio-political and historical preconceptions surrounding ‘blackness’ and its universal implications. 

Viktor’s multi-disciplinary practice is informed by a background in film which she studied at Sarah Lawrence College, and her continued studies within photography & design at The School of Visual Arts, along with an education in performance arts during high school. Viktor creates her own mythology as a painter, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist.

In 2016, Viktor has exhibited at Harvard Art Museums and The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, Boston; The Kentucky Museum of Arts & Craft, Louisville; and Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College, Georgia. Viktor has engaged in critical talks and panels at Harvard University, New York University, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA, London), and King’s College (London). She will be speaking at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York) and presenting at Saint Louis Art Museum (Missouri) in Spring 2017.

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          GROUP

             In-Significations

Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art
Havana, Cuba
2nd May - 29th May, 2017

         

             Back Stories

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Seattle, WA
25th January - 25th March, 2017
 

             As the Cosmos Unfolds (Formationism. 1)

The Cob Gallery
London, UK
10th November - 3rd December, 2016

 

             Sisters of the Moon

Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft
Louisville , KY
15th October - 8th January, 2017
 

             Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life

         Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts
         Atlanta, GA
         15th September - 3rd December, 2016

 

             The Woven Arc

         The Cooper Gallery
         Harvard University, Boston, MA
         20th May - 16th July, 2016

                    

             Art of Jazz: Form / Performance / Notes

         The Cooper Gallery + Harvard Art Museums
         Harvard University, Boston, MA
        3rd February - 8th May, 2016

 

             Yellow Sun: The New Contemporaries

          Lagos, Nigeria
          15th November - 4th December, 2015

 

             Intagible Beauty : Beautiful Women & The Endless Void 

          Kasher|Potamkin Gallery, New York, NY 
          6th September - 1st November, 2014

 

             Delusions 

         Rox Gallery, New York, NY
         17th September - 31st October, 2013
 

SOLO

Black Exodus : Act I 

  Amar Gallery
London, UK
12th September - 20th October, 2017

 

Arcadia : Into The Blue

  SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show
Miami art Basel, FL 
2nd - 7th December, 2014

Arcadia

Gallery 151
New York, NY
22nd May - 10th July, 2014