When: Sept. 5-Oct. 11 2014
Like a lot of environmentally themed art, local artist Kim Miskowicz’s work in Formation involves disrupted landscapes. Rather than directly pointing to environmental degradation, however, her mixed-media installations capture the mental and emotional dissonance caused by disappearing land. Many of these pieces, now on view at Krowswork (480 23rd St., Oakland), are layered works of acrylic paintings with video projected over them. The paintings are primarily of rocky landscapes, evoking the reliable sturdiness of massive stone monuments — an underappreciated constant. Her video work, which comes from a combination of 8mm footage and digital after-effects, depicts shifting landscapes such as foaming ocean water, stormy rain clouds, and rock formations, as well as light abstractions. The combination of the active projections layered on the heavy, fixed rocks creates a tension that reflects the disjuncture between nature as it is idealized and the reality of climate change. In an attempt to make her work accessible to the public, Miskowicz also created five small-scale collages, which include a digital download of all the show’s projections with purchase. That way, patrons can install small-scale incarnations of her pieces that will each be slightly different.