Homeward Found, solo exhibit
BINETH Gallery is pleased to present
A solo show by Deborah Wasserman April 8 – May, 2010
“Deborah Wasserman’s work has both mystical and comic elements of pathmaking and path-finding. Transience and flux, suggests Wasserman, are the permanent markers in one’s life journey. The artist’s vision is sensitive to the conditions of liminality, the inbetween-ness of spaces, both spiritual and material”. Dominique Nahas, curator, NYC.
Born in Brasil, raised in Israel and currently living in New York City, Deborah Wasserman’s work explores the theme of travel as a framework to delve into questions of: home, identity, language belonging and destination.
“I wonder about the kind of ‘Master Narrative’ that we individually (and collectively) create as a way to comprehend the endless sequence of events, places and spaces which we call ‘life’ or ‘time’”, says Deborah. Perhaps if we allowed ourselves to observe things as they really are, we may catch a glimpse into the deeper mysteries life presents to us. Relinquishing the illusion of ‘knowing’, like a traveler exploring a new place, wandering aimlessly, may allows us the thrill of discovery.
Wasserman’s elongated paintings suggest ‘landscapes’ and when grouped together resemble vehicles moving through traffic or otherwise words arranged in sentences, whereas her smaller, rectangular paintings appear as punctuation marks. Combining acrylics oil, resin and collage she intermixes and juxtaposes images of airplanes, safety instructions, words, sentences, traffic signs and scenic imagery.
Her painterly approach is yet another example of merging distinct aesthetic languages (Abstraction, Figuration, Pop Art, Graphic Design) into a cohesive aesthetic proposition that surprisingly appears balanced and well resolved. These juxtapositions create a mystifying story that almost exists in the space between these paintings. Utilizing both English and Hebrew she touches upon her multifaceted cultural experience as well as the binary opposition inherent in the language of travel; here and there, coming and going, arrivals and departures.
In that ambiguous space is where Wasserman’s work operates, maybe suggesting that the movement of time is in fact circular, repetitious and surprisingly simultaneous. In that circular movement of time, yearning and receiving meet and travel becomes still.