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Surface Verge - Natasha Gornik

Galleries C&H gallery

Tweede Kostverlorenkade 50
1053 SB Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 753 09 64

Open Wed - Sat / 13-18 hrs
+ by appointment

5 Mar — 9 Apr

Time 5 Mar, 17-19 hrs


C&H art space is proud to present: Surface Verge, the first solo show of Natasha Gornik in the Netherlands.

Surface Verge is the latest series of photographs by Natasha Gornik in which she explores the human skin. When pressure is exerted to the skin, during a smack for example, blood vessels dilate in response to the “threat.” Increasing blood flow to the area reddens the skin. Depending on the force applied, the redness could last longer and potentially bruise. Surface Verge focuses not on the cause of these bruises, but on the effects. The use of monochromatic photography emphasizes the textures and patterns on the skin. Red turns to black, and blanching skin glows white. Through Natasha’s lens, the body becomes a canvas whose surface transforms through tactility.

BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism) usually involves a good deal of touch and pressure on the body. Generally, there is a giver and a receiver. When the receiver’s skin is touched with a certain amount of pressure, blood is forced out of the capillaries. This causes the skin to blanch, or whiten, for a short amount of time before the blood returns and the surface goes back to its original state. Each fleeting mark of pressure on the skin becomes a limited-edition work of art on the body. A smack leaves a fleeting handprint across the affected area. A bite takes the form of teeth marks. A rope tie becomes patterned impressions.

Natasha Gornik (Chicago, 1976) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. During her studies at the Columbia College of Chicago she emerged herself in the kink culture. She has ever since given a glimpse from the inside through her photographs, films and articles. Her photographic work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and were featured in magazines like Vogue Japan and Art Review among others. This is the first time that Gorniks work will be shown in the Netherlands.

For more information, please contact Samantha Hoekema: or 020-7530964.



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