ART: Shifting Perspectives, Oil Paintings by Alexandra Pacula

by Raymond Herrera

Diverse Rhythm, oil on canvas, Alexandra Pacula

This Friday, May 18th Mighty Tanaka will open a solo show for painter Alexandra Pacula. I first became aware of her work as I walked past a pop up gallery on 14th street, around the block from my job, back in 2009. A happy accident as I stumbled upon the show on the way to a bar. I remember the friendly gallery guy. Turns out he still is. Alex Emmart of Mighty Tanaka has been showing Alexandra’s work since 2008, including a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2010.

Vital Momentum, oil on canvas, Alexandra Pacula

Her work is a blurred realism that seems almost as clear and crisp as if it were focused. She calls these series Visual Intoxication, and as Alex ponits out, the paintings “capture the pace, energy, and movement of the city.” For this show the pieces are views of the Manhattan Bridge. She created them while in residency at a DUMBO studio provided by the New York Foundation for the Arts. She goes big, so the work is easy to get lost in from up close or afar. I’m looking forward to catching the show. See you there, blurred maybe, but I’ll see you.

The Shifting Perspectives opening reception is on Friday May 18th, 6pm – 9pm at the Mighty Tanaka Gallery, 111 Front Street Suite 224 Brooklyn, NY 11201