le feu les femmes les hommes la lumière 2022

This exhibition is about finding the many sources of light in the darkness.  Whether it be a chandelier, window in a dark room, or candles on a dinner table. Without the darkness, the light is not able to shine. A simple light fixture can symbolize illumination in every sense of the word. The women in the installation are depicted as exasperated, others very docile, some staring off peacefully into space, and a few fixated intensely on the viewer.  The men appear pensive, victorious, detached, tortured, and regal. The way men and women have been depicted throughout history is extremely varied, but one thing they all have in common, as does the entire human experience, is the never ending search for lightness in the dark.  The photographs in this exhibition span over the last 14 years. The artist, always being drawn to the same subjects that intrigue her, no matter the context or location.

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.