Linda Kunik

lkunik.com

STATEMENT

The land has always been a reference and source of inspiration for my art. My first paintings were watercolor landscapes. But wanting to work more conceptually, I began to ask questions regarding issues that combined formalism, globalization and those concerning the environment. These queries led to using both abstraction and representation in an attempt to bring an awareness of the earth’s profound beauty, as well as a realization of how truly fragile the land is. This work led to a discovery that all of these paintings describing environmental disasters also had a human parallel.

Wanting to concentrate in a more positive vein, I decided to switch gears and do something proactive. This led to a four-year gardening project; one that fed artist/gardeners and built community within a community, and then there was the garden, itself, becoming the “painting,“ its planting, sowing and harvesting an ever-changing composition.

The projects that followed began my investigation of perception. At this point, I began to use photography in my work, but always viewing it from the eye of a painter. Photographing the garden, I created close up images of the heirloom tomatoes and their insides.

Then began my experimentation with process and perception. The first series realized a life-long dream of combining painting and photography in the same image. Using photographs of walls and natural objects from my travels, the images posed the question, what’s the photograph and what’s the painting? The second series experimented with emulsion, releasing the translucent image of a photo from its paper background. Current work uses this emulsion process to juxtapose the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians with the hi-rise dwellings of Denver, Colorado. Future projects will experiment with the emulsion process and the painting/photograph combination.

Linda Kunik
lindakunik@gmail.com
www.lkunik.com

Solo exhibitions:

2019Disconnect, Mangiafolia, Naples, Italy
2018A Fragile Strength, Gallery 825, LA Art Association, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2017Disconnect, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2017Disconnect, Expo Contemporary, Juried Art Fair, The Reef, LA, CA, USA
2016Disconnect, 417 Metro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2014You Say Tomato, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2013JUICE, Artist’s Corner Gallery, Hollywood, CA, USA
2011RIPE, Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2011Multiples, McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA
2008Dialogic Connection, Tree People, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
2008A Sense of Place, LACMA Rental & Sales Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2008An Evening Under the Harvest Moon, Tree People, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Select group exhibitons:

2019Edge of History, Italian Exchange Exhibition, Curated by Cynthia Penna, of Art 1307 & Gallery 825, LA, CA & Villa di Donato, Napoli, Italy
201919th Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition,National Art Center of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2019STRATA, Two Woman Show, Red Hen Press, Pasadena, CA
201934th Annual Juried Art Exibition, Museum of Art and History: Cedar, Lancaster, CA
2019Celebrating the National Lands of CA, Wilding Museum of Art and Nature, Solvang, CA
2019LA Artcore’s 3rd Annual Photography Exhibition, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, LA, CA
2018Ping Pong, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2018Beverly Hills Art Show, Juried Exhibition, Beverly Hills, CA
2018Bunker Opens Doors, Juried by Peter Frank, Great Hall, W. Hollywood, CA
2018ART SPEAKS Lend Your Voice, Juried by Jill Moniz, Annual Conference of Women’s Caucus for Art, LA, CA
2018Music for Your Eyes, Juried by Peter Frank, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
2017Ping Pong Miami 2017, at Art Basel Miami, FL
2017phenomena, SCWCA, Neutra Institute Museum, LA, CA
2017Personal Vacation, Juried by Chris Davies,Gallery 825, LA Art Association, LA, CA
2017Red, Offramp Gallery, Online Exhibition, LA, CA
2017Out There, Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, LA, CA
2016Art Lab, Tiny Griffon Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
2016International Exchange Show, The Art Exhibition, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Museum, Bangkok, Thailand
2016Prince of Songkla University International Art Workshop and Exhibition 2016, Southern Thai Art Museum, Pattani, Thailand
2016International Art and Design Workshop 2016 Exhibition, King Mongkut University Technology North Bangkok, Rayong, Thailand
2015Incontro tra Cultue, Academia Luciana, Civitella d’Aglliano, Italy
2015Solar Spectrum, MD Gallery, Hollywood, CA
2015Snap to Grid, LACDA, LA, CA
2015Vulnerable, For The Social Good, West Hollywood, CA
2014#SeeMeTakeOver Times Square, New York, New York
2014Find Your Roots, Lark Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2013Photo LA. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA
2013Oenophilia, The Loft at Liz’s, LA, CA
2013Bound, (exhibition catalog) Phoenix Gallery, Women’s Caucus for Art Juried Exhibition, NewYork, NY
2013Beverly Hills Art Show, Juried Exhibition, Beverly Hills, CA
2012C.A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr 2012, Essen, Germany
2012Photo LA, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA
2012Featured Artist, Le Petit Jardin, Terminal 1, LA International Airport, LA, CA
2012Collections, McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2012Art About Agriculture, Santa Paula Museum, Santa Paula, CA
2011California Open Juried Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Bergamot Art Station, Santa Monica, CA
2010C.A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr 2010, Essen, Germany
2010Downtown Art Center Gallery, Juried Exhibition, LA, CA
2010Home Grown Culver City, Culver City, CA
2010Color & Design Exhibition, LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA
2010Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Juried Exhibition, LA, CA
2010Blue Planet, Elements: An Eco-Art Conference, Women’s Caucus for Art, San Francisco, CA
2010Night Dive, Aquarium of the Pacific, Juried Show, Long Beach, CA
2009Honorable Mention, Open Call 2009, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA
2009California Open Exhibition, Long Beach Arts (Juried by Sinead Finnerty-Pyne), Long Beach, CA
2009Lecture-The Creative Process, Women Painters West, Encino, CA
2009Chaos Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA
2009gem, Gallery 825, LA, CA
2009Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Performance-The Feminist Art Project, LA, CA
2008Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2008Terminal 1, Los Angeles International Airport, LA, CA
2008French Cultural Services in LA, French Consulate Offices, LA, CA
2008Politrix Political Art Show, Bassworks, LA, CA
2008Otis@ 825, Gallery 825, LA, CA
2008Penumbra, Gallery 825, LA, CA
2008New Members Exhibit, Barnsdall, LA Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA
2007The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, Apex Art, NY, NY
2007Spirit Vision, Universidad Particular de Iquitos, Avenida del Ejercito, San Juan S/N, Iquitos, Peru
2007Los Angeles County Museum of Art Rental & Sales Gallery, LA, CA
2007Aurora, Gallery 825, LA, CA
2007Celebrity Vault Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
2007UCLA/Santa Monica Medical Center Art & Wine Auction, LA, CA
2006Los Angeles County Museum of Art Rental & Sales Gallery, LA, CA
2006LA Art Exchange Auctions, Group Show and Auction, Santa Monica, CA
2006Artist’s Lecture at The Forum, Otis College of Art and Design, LA, CA
2006Boroughs of Los Angeles (Juried Show), 1st Annual Five Campus Art Exhibition, William Grant Still Arts Center, LA, CA

Recent media:

2019LINDA KUNIK ICONS OF BEVERLY HILLS, “Modern Luxury Beverly Hills,” July, 2019
2019“Meet Trailblazer Linda Kunik,” “Voyage LA.com. July 15, 2019
2018“Meet Linda Kunik,” “Voyage LA.com. August 14, 2018
2014Juice,” Neworld Review,” Vol 7, No. 51, Online magazine
2012Featured Artist, Studios Magazine, Fall Issue, 2012
2009Garden Provides Food, Inspiration For Artists, by Steve Simmons, Beverly Hills Courier Nov 28

Professional organizations:

L A Artcore
Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Docent Council,
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
National Arts Club-Exhibiting Artist
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Red Hen Press – Board Member
Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art
WEAD – Women Environmental Artists Directory—Website: www.weadartists.org