GINA MALEK

Gina Malek´s works are records of memories sought after. With her paintings, Malek creates portraits and scenes that are intimate while mostly avoiding direct figuration, preferring instead to outline its absence. Outlines of the human form are visible through a multitude of mark-making languages. She collects the marks by interacting with images in printmaking, drawings, and writing as well as video and audio recordings.
In the studio, Malek attempts to extend encounters with her subjects – to chase down a moment, freeze it, and then set it on repeat. Using color and gesture, the artist underlines significant moments and then folds them back into the painting. At the same time as they suggest certain actions that are physical, the works also reflect the ways in which bodies are tangled in social and psychological spaces. Malek is interested in how people are represented, most notably women, the elderly, and those along the margins of
society. The works converge upon ideas of identity and the impermanence of memory. The aim, in the end, is to smoke out remembered sensations through the act of painting.
Malek lives and works in the Bronx. She graduated with an MFA from Columbia University in 2015 and has exhibited in Chicago, New York, Thessalonika, Basel and Berlin.

BIO

Born in Rochester, Minnesota, US.
Lives and works in New York City.

CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Underlinings, Magic Beans, Berlin, DE.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Moving Figures, Donopoulos Ifa, Thessaloniki, GRC.

2016
I Sky You, Magic Beans, Berlin, DE.
Traces, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery, Curated by Deborah Cullen, Columbia University, New York City, US.
Sister Outsider, Underdonk, New York, NY USA

2015
Imperfect Containers, E.Tay Gallery, New York, NY
Locally Sourced, E.Tay Gallery, New York City, US.
Floating Point, Judith Charles Gallery, curated by Paddy Johnson, New York City, US.
Columbia MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fisher Landau Center, curated by Omar Lopez Chahoud, New York City, US.

2014
The Portrait Show, Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York City, US.
Networking Tips for Shy People, 200 Livingston St., New York City, US.
First Year MFA Show, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, New York City, US.
National Wet Paint MFA Biennial, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, US.

2010
IU BFA Painting Show, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington, US.
Celebrate Your Body, IMU Gallery, Bloomington, US.

2009
Second Year BFA Painting Show, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington, US.
One Heart One There, Upland, Bloomington, US.

2008
First Year BFA Show, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington, US.

AWARDS

2014
Robert Gamblin Painting Grant, Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, US.
Visual Arts Fellowship, Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, US.
Dean’s Travel Grant, Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, US.

2013
Visual Arts Fellowship, Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, US.

2009
Harry Engle Painting Scholarship, Indiana University,Henry Radford, Indiana, US.
Hope School of Fine Arts

2008
Drawing and Painting Area Award, Indiana University, Henry Radford, Indiana, US.
Hope School of Fine Arts