EXPOSURES, 2011, Bortolami, New York

'Exposures, 2011, a collage-on-canvas series by Polish artist Anna Ostoya, is a meditation on the complexities of marking time. Following a self-prescribed regimen of one work per day, the artist produced the suite this past February for her first solo show in New York. The twenty-eight collages chronicle temporality via multiple registers: in the hours of a day’s work spent cutting, pulping, and pasting together the papier-mâché, gold foil, and newsprint; in the rhythms of daily financial graphs; and in the events that beget history––front-page images of revolution in 2011. Here the constraints of time and format (all of the works employ twenty-by twenty-four-inch canvases) function as a pragmatic and elegant antidote to the prevailing conditions of cultural production—namely, there are not enough hours in the day and everything has already been done. Although Soviet photomontage clearly informs the compositions, and references to Aleksandr Rodchenko and Gustav Klutsis are transparent, the Exposures also manifest the aesthetic of desktop publishing and digital media platforms with image-text overlays, pop-up boxes, and ample use of color.' Jess Willcox, Artforum 

'Anna Ostoya's twenty-eight canvases in Bortolami Gallery mark the twenty-eight days of February 2011. Upon the gallery's invitation, Ostoya set herself specific rules of production—to initiate a new piece each day for the duration of February, and to work only on 20 x 24 inch canvases with four main materials: newspaper, gold leaf, acrylic paint and papier-mâché. The resulting series of 28 works, Exposures on display are thus residues of a performative, diaristic process that the artist obscures with formal finesse.' Merve Unsal, Art Agenda

Bortolami, Exposures, 1 Mar – 2 Apr 2011

EXPOSURE: 1.02.2011, 2011, papier-mâché, archival inkjet print, gold leaf and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)