Nature vs. Media, Park City, Utah

16 January 2014 | Kipton Cronkite

During Sundance 2014, Founder Kipton Cronkite has curated “Nature vs. Media” which explores the defiance to go beyond the confines of new media in the pursuit to capture nature and the emotions of spirituality. The photographic images were shot in New York, Tel Aviv, Brussels and Washington while the imagery of the paintings are a reflection of the artist’s experiences within the U.S. and Israel. In a generation filled with social media addiction, these images capture the real world and the emotions that go with it.

Cronkite has brought a mix of highly established artists like New York Foundation for the Arts Joan Mitchell Prize honoree Gary Komarin, along with Israeli-based painter Miriam Cabessa, who held her first solo show in the Tel Aviv Museum in 1995 and represented Israel in the 1997 Venice Biennale. Along with Komarin and Cabessa, MFA graduate and professor Jade Doskow will exhibit a few images from her 6-year World’s Fair project while photographers Rachel Barrett and Gil Lavi will debut new works for this exhibition. Lavi was recognized by Forbes as one of the 300 most successful and promising Israelis under 40 and he was honored 5 times in 2012 by the International Photography Awards. Barrett received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 and her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Israeli-based painter, Rotem Reshef, studied in Israel at Hamidrasha School of Art and received her MA in Amsterdam at Reinwardt Academy. Her abstract paintings aim to capture a moment in time both on visual and emotional levels.