Like a maverick detective, Katarina Jerinic cleverly draws attention to our interactions with the built landscape. Fascinated by the spaces at the margins of the ordered world, Jerinic nods to the Situationists experiments in psycho-geography and the simple physicality achieved in the work of Land Artists, a generation earlier. Her work has a dark humor centering on the notion of ‘territory’ in its expectant state.
Katarina’s artwork manifests itself in navigational maps, suites of documentary photographs, walking tours, video, and even a book. Jerinic’s photography, mixed-media work and participant-based installations respond to, and intervene in, built environments in order to draw attention to our interactions with surrounding spaces. Beautification This Site, focuses on a leftover piece of the landscape that the artist acquired through the Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. For several years Jerinic has been grooming and recording the land itself and the way this very real space is shaped by bureaucratic and natural forces, passersby, and her own efforts picking up trash & pulling weeds, near Exit 30 off the BQE.
Katarina Jerinic earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and BA from the American University in Washington DC. Her work has been included in shows in New York, Philadelphia and abroad including a recent solo exhibition at Songs for Presidents, BRIC House, Brooklyn Historical Society, Soapbox Gallery, and Present Company (all Brooklyn), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (Manhattan), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY), Storm King, and the Temple School of Art (Philadelphia). She has been awarded artist residencies at Helsinki International Artists Program, iLAND, Apexart, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), the Center or Book Arts, MacDowell Colony, and Artist in the Marketplace (AIM). Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Hyperallergic among others.