“I am particularly interested in finding the fine line between reality and abstraction, between the literal and the enigmatic. I search for patterns and forms that will lead me to elemental sculptural forms and I often find them in the chaotic clutter of building sites, demolitions and abandoned relics. I get inspired not only from such urban settings but also from nature: I have always picked up and carried home stones, tree bark and lichens to admire their detail and texture. I relate to and internalize the sparse and austere landscape of barren rock or snow covered fields. This search for simplification of form and for abstraction is affirmation of my personal views, it is who I am.”

Atia Pokorny is a Toronto based photographer. She graduated in Architectural Engineering from Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic and later she transformed her career and provided services as a conservator of works of art and sculpture. As a self-taught photographer, she has always been keen on recording her surroundings, travels and work. This interest eventually became a sustained and serious endeavor drawing on her background in architecture and a continued lifetime engagement with art. She is a member of Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto.

Solo exhibition:
'Space Revisited', Gallery 44 Members' Gallery, fall 2016

Group exhibitions:
’On Process and Practice’, Gallery 44 - Production Gallery, 2017
Contact 2017, 'Spectra', Gallery 44 members at Gallery 1313
365', Gallery 44, 2017
Contact 2016, 'Ellipsis', Gallery 44 members at Gallery 1313
'365', Gallery 44, 2016
'All that Stays Warm in the Memory' (curated by Clint Roenish), Propeller, 2015

Fundraisers:
SNAP Toronto 2018, silent auction, coming soon
Salon 44, Gallery 44, 2018, coming soon
Salon 44, Gallery 44, 2017
Salon 44, Gallery 44, 2016
Photopia, Gallery 44, 2015
SNAP Toronto 2015, silent auction

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photo David Pokorny

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