New Work New York 1st Biennial Survey of work by New York City MFA Students & Recent Graduates 695 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY March 13 - April 26, 2015
Assembly Required: Making Space for Social Engagement at the Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY May 16 - 17, 2015
MIW Sideshow Gallery 319 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY May 1- 21, 2015
Morbid Anatomy Museum 424 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY May 26, 2015
Mirana Zuger is a New York based artist working in painting, sculpture and performance. Her interests lie in bridging communities and widening fields of communication, understanding and tolerance. A current MFA candidate at Queens College, City University of New York and graduate of Concordia University, Montréal (Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction) Zuger has also been selected for artist residencies in Croatia and France. She has exhibited widely in Canada, as well as New York, Paris and Zagreb. Her works are found in public and private collections in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Zugers work will be featured in a collaborative community project hosted by the Brooklyn Museum in May of 2015.
In a contemporary world that is characterized by fast-moving, ironic and easy images, my work asks for a sustained and attentive approach on the part of the viewer. The patient viewer is rewarded by a depth and complexity of experience that is authentic and unique. My paintings are both object and image, and ask the viewer to engage in a bodily way with the physicality of the surfaces they encounter.
Beyond the visual references of shape and colour to various ecosystems, my process and approach invoke the undisciplined and unintentioned phenomenon of geological, meteorological, and biological systems. Like clouds, the paintings are the natural outcome of an organic process devoid of the artificiality of external intent. Free from the confines of judgement or convention, each mark accumulates as an aggregate of natural residues into a work that is its own living system.