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.
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.
Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary ArtHavana, Cuba2nd May - 29th May, 2017
Mariane Ibrahim GallerySeattle, WA25th January - 25th March, 2017
As the Cosmos Unfolds (Formationism. 1)
The Cob GalleryLondon, UK10th November - 3rd December, 2016
Sisters of the Moon
Kentucky Museum of Art & CraftLouisville , KY15th October - 8th January, 2017
Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life
Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts
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
15th November - 4th December, 2015
Intagible Beauty : Beautiful Women & The Endless Void
Kasher|Potamkin Gallery, New York, NY
6th September - 1st November, 2014
Rox Gallery, New York, NY
17th September - 31st October, 2013
Black Exodus : Act I
12th September - 20th October, 2017
Arcadia : Into The Blue
SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show
Miami art Basel, FL
2nd - 7th December, 2014
New York, NY
22nd May - 10th July, 2014