Class of 2002 alum and 2017 Workspace Resident, Katarina Jerinic will be debut her upcoming solo exhibition "Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals" at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York this January.
In this solo show, Jerinic recreates nautical signal code flags using images she made while wandering the streets of New York City. The flags provide a system of communication understood from a distance, and used when lost at sea or, in Jerinic’s case, the sidewalk. Like the flags’ original function, the artist’s flags correspond to the alphabet and relay simple, urgent messages such as “You are running into danger” and “I require assistance”—as well as the exhibition’s title Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.
On a nearby wall, a series of photographs show a lone figure amidst a deserted urban waterfront using these very flags to send quasi-cryptic signals towards the “sea” on the gallery’s opposite wall. Jerinic’s “sea” is a nearly 27-foot long cyanotype mural on fabric made from a series of photographs which alternate images of the city’s solid terrain and the watery landscape that surrounds and defines it. When rendered in the deep blue hues characteristic of the cyanotype process, the surfaces of the river and the street become almost the same. Jerinic’s exhibition calls attention to the precarity of New York City as a series of islands, and, like her work in general, considers the fluid and tenuous boundary between constructed landscapes and natural phenomena.