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Kristyna and Marek Milde

Kristyna and Marek Milde

Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness
Sunroom Project Space | May 23–July 6, 2014 

Pictured above: Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness, 2014, aluminum, insulation material, soil, moss, grass, ferns and stones, 29 1/2" x 64" x 32" and 29 1/2 x 32" x 32."

Kristyna and Marek Milde’s art examines the effects of architecture, design and interior space on how we see and relate to the outside world. In their practice, the Mildes create objects, situations and events that use both organic and artificially constructed elements to confront cultural views and fantasies about nature. Their projects often take the form of do-it-yourself home improvements, revisiting the role of furnishing and decorating. They believe that the interior-based culture prevalent today creates boundaries between the man-made and organic realms, producing a removed perspective of the world. To counteract this disconnect, the artists explore methods for transforming built spaces in ways that reconnect people to the larger environmental contexts of culture, geography and nature. Their work creates a shift when plant material from outdoors is placed inside the gallery space.

At Wave Hill, the Mildes create a lounge where visitors can experience the natural landscape from the comfort of the domestic interior. Their Sunroom Project, Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness, transfers a piece of woodland floor into containers that are shaped like a couch and a chair and filled with transplanted ferns, moss, grasses and stones from Manitoga in Garrison, NY. Visitors are encouraged to sit down, as they would in the forest, and experience the forms, texture, smell and feeling of the organic materials. While deconstructing the traditional use of plant motifs in interior design, Hills and Valleys amplifies the contrast between outside and inside, provoking questions about how to engage with the natural world in the isolation of urban dwellings.

Kristyna and Marek Milde each received an MFA from Queens College, City University of New York. They have exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including shows at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Studio in New York, NY; NURTURE art, Brooklyn, NY; Anna Wallace Gallery, New York, NY; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; and DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Futura and Karlin Studios, all in Prague, Czech Republic. Their work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Brooklyn Rail and Flash Art, among other publications. They both work at the Czech Center, New York, where they curate exhibitions and organize public programs.

The artists thank MANITOGA /The Russell Wright Design Center for their support of Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness.

Meet the Artists: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 1:30PM

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.