Wednesday, December 3, 2014

dnj Gallery - Current Exhibition: Kofman & Asanov

Gil Kofman & Catherine Asanov

Artist talks on December 13, 4:30pm - 5:30pm



Gil Kofman, Untiled,
2013, Epson Archival Print, 10" x 16”



Catherine Asanov, Goddess of the Night,
2010-2014, Archival Pigment Print on Aluminum, 30" x 16"

Gil Kofman & Catherine Asanov

November 8, 2014 - January 10, 2015

dnj is pleased to announce its current exhibition of “Surfers” by Gil Kofman.  In gallery II, we present work by Catherine Asanov, entitled “Cyrillia.”

Gil Kofman returns to dnj Gallery for his second solo show, introducing his new project entitled “Surfers.”  Kofman creates a scene for a performance.  He places the figures on an empty stage, with a simple setting, and  “turn(s) their leisure into something more existential and universal.”  He establishes this happening with the intention of eliciting the viewer’s own responses, and thus producing one’s individual play.  Kofman bleaches the highlights and darkens the figures and other shapes to create a unique, provoking image.

Kofman was born in Nigeria and raised in Kenya, Israel and New York.  He attended the NYU Graduate Film School after studying physics at Cornell.  He also holds an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.  Kofman has written, produced, directed and edited a variety of fiction, plays, documentaries and other films.  He has exhibited his photographic work in New York and has previously sold his photographs through a gallery in Rome.  His prints are in private collections in New York and Los Angeles and have appeared in the New York Times and other publications.

Catherine Asanov grew up hearing stories from her mother which examined her Russian background, and led to their discussions of Russian culture.  The project “Cyrillia,” at first glance, should be placed within the genre of ‘fashion photography’, but Asanov’s images will not be.  These photographs are devoted to the narrative of sharing tales, and have a deeper meaning.  She feels a need to express herself and her personal history, and ultimately generates a personal response.   She believes “… these stories become the basic building blocks of our cultural identity and our understanding of who we are.”

This is Asanov’s first solo show at dnj Gallery.  She graduated with her B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her photographs have been shown extensively throughout the United States, with a few exhibitions abroad.  Asanov has also had many images published in major magazines.  Catherine is known for her creativity, the high quality of her photographs, and her vision for design. Catherine is also an established fashion, commercial, advertising and celebrity photographer.  She is based in Los Angeles and New York City.

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