Body Mind Spirit
The exhibition BODY MIND SPIRIT brings together the artistic visions of Marc Alain, Laurence Elle Groux, Natalya Kochak, and Barbara Nitke. By using a variety of artistic mediums, including sculpture, collage, photography, painting, and mixed media, these artists examined the human experience, uncovering the beauty of our intricate connection to the natural world.
In this exhibition, each artist delves into the theme through their own unique lens. Groux’s work invites tactile interaction, allowing viewers to physically engage with her abstract ceramic sculptures that capture the wonder of the human experience. Nitke’s photography series, American Ecstasy, shot on porn sets in the 1980s, draw connections between the carnal world of the flesh and the human spirit. Alain’s colorful collages use found imagery to probe the darker facets of human nature. Kochak’s mixed media work examines narrative and history in shaping identity, using images from family history to create an alternative story that challenges conventional thought.
About the Artists
Marc Alain is a collage artist based in New Jersey. His artwork explores our connection with nature. In 2023, Alain attended both the Monson Artist Residency in Maine and the Peters Valley Residency in New Jersey. His collages have been exhibited at Wassaic Projects and Chashama.
Laurence Elle Groux is an introspective self-taught artist from Switzerland residing in NYC since 1996. Her abstract ceramic sculptures inspire visual curiosity as tangible objects of energy and beauty. Elle’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions and is housed in many collections over the world.
Natalya Kochak lives and works in Miami, FL. She graduated with her BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a mixed media painter and often works with text and difficult subject. Recent residencies include Jentel and Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Barbara Nitke is a New York photographer, known for exploring intimate relationships. Her forty-year career spans hardcore porn sets to constructed narratives in a seedy motel room. She is currently developing a tv series about a young woman navigating the twilight years of the Golden Age of Porn.