archipelago continuum 2022

JUST ONE EYE is pleased to present Arielle Pytka’s Archipelago Continuum, a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings created during the height of the pandemic when travel was limited to everyone, but the mind’s eye of the artist persisted in the exploration and mapping of an imaginary new world.

These works are the continuation of a series the artist debuted with Just One Eye in 2019 as the first exhibition in their new space. For the second installment of the series, the week-long exhibition will take place next door in a new pop-up gallery.

Inspired by long periods of time at sea and under the stars, including two transatlantic crossings on vintage sailboats, some of the paintings are also reminiscent of island chains in South East Asia, where Pytka lived part-time for 5 years. Archipelago Continuum navigates the journey of an adventurer and cartographer through paint and canvas to places unknown–perhaps here on Earth or in another galaxy.

Arielle Pytka is an American and French multi media artist. She resides between Los Angeles and Paris. Her artwork has appeared in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, London, and Indonesia. Her exhibitions have featured a wide range of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and an automobile amongst others. She has worked professionally as a lighting and drum technician for touring bands in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Pytka has also worked as a motion picture cinematographer leading her to direct her own projects. Arielle now directs music videos and commercials. An avid surfer and sailor, she was a part of the Roxy/Quicksilver team and has completed three transatlantic crossings crewing on vintage and modern sailboats. Her sailing team has won the 2015 Panerai Transatlantic Classique, Les Voiles De Saint Tropez, 2008 Falmouth Pendennis Cup, Fife Regatta in Scotland, and many others. Arielle is now working out of her studio in Venice Beach, California and still actively works as race crew on several sailboats for various regattas.