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Tamara Wasserman

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20140624195552-savage_det_jacqeau
Savage Detectives with Jacqeau diptych, 2014 Acrylic and Oil on Wood 30" X 60" © Tamara Wasserman
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Savage Detectives, 2014 Acrylic and Oil on Wood 30" X 30" © Tamara Wasserman
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Jacqeau, 2014 Acrylic and Oil on Wood 30" X 30" © Tamara Wasserman
20140623163404-why_do_they_fly_so_far_away_
Why do they fly so far away?, 2014 Mixed Media 27" X 36" © Tamara Wasserman
20140623163326-wire
to pause on line, 2014 Fabric Collaga and Paint on on Canvas and Wood 18" X 40" © Tamara Wasserman
20140623163212-puppet_yellow_tape
caution: puppets, 2012- 2014 Installation © Tamara Wasserman
20140623163031-geisha
Geisha, 2013-2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 16" X 16" © Tamara Wasserman
20130808014307-before_the_meaning
Before the Meaning, August 2013 Mixed Media 30" X 37" © Tamara Wasserman
20140623163159-flowerhead
Flowerhead, 2013 Acrylic and Oil on Archival Paper 48" X 32" © Tamara Wasserman
20130608004546-a_la_beckman1
Secret (Columbine), 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 26" X 48" © Tamara Wasserman
20140623163547-floor
Out of hand, 2014 Charcoal on Paper Cut-outs Arranged on the Floor or Walls 16"x 16" © Tamara Wasserman
20120207175810-buenos_aires
A Cup of Coffee, Buenos Aires, 2012 Napkins, Candy-wrappers and Acrylic on Wood 24" X 17" © Tamara Wasserman
20120207180834-buenos_aires_detail2
A Cup of Coffee, Buenos Aires, detail 2, 2012 Napkins, Candy-wrappers and Acrylic on Wood 24" X 17" © Tamara Wasserman
20120207180533-buenos_aires_detail1
A Cup of Coffee, Buenos Aires, detail 1, 2012 Napkins, Candy-wrappers and Acrylic on Wood 24" X 17" © Tamara Wasserman
20130608013644-train-big_cloud
Train - Big Cloud, 2011 Oil on Canvas 12" X 12" © Tamara Wasserman
20120924182557-mouse-king
Mouse King, 2012 Candy-wrappers, Fabric, and Paint on Layered Paper Surfaces 18" X 24" © tamara wasserman
20130808022712-donkey
Donkey, 2011 Watercolor on Paper 9" X 9"
20130808021717-cat_in_boat
Cat in Boat, 2012 9" X 12"
20130808023112-everything_is_falling
Everything is falling, 2012 Paper and Watercolor on Paper 9" X 12"
20110603120515-early_spring
Early Spring, 2011 2D and 3D Paper, Watercolor 9" X 12" © Tamara Wasserman
20130808015128-sailing_frag
Sailing, 2011 8" X 12" © Tamara Wasserman
Heaviness
Heaviness and Tenderness, 2000 Oil and Charcoal on Canvas 50" X 40" © tamara wasserman
Todream
Perchance to Dream, 2000 Charcoal and Oil on Board 28" X 40" © tamara wasserman
Devilandmaiden
Devil and Maiden, 2000 Ink on Birchbark 6" X 8" © tamara wasserman
20120917211226-birds1
Birds, 2012 Acrylic, Oil and Fabric on Canvas 40" X 40" © tamara wasserman
20120917182524-birds_detail1
Birds (detail), 2012 Acrylic, Oil and Fabric on Canvas 40" X 40" © tamara wasserman
20120917183049-birds_detail2
Birds (detail), 2012 Acrylic, Oil and Fabric on Canvas 40" X 40" © tamara wasserman
20130808024421-birds2
Birds, Gravity, 2013 Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 42" X 32" © Tamara Wasserman
20130608204732-city_rhythm_train
city rhythm train, May 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 40" X 30"
20130608205610-city_rhythm_train__detail_
city rhythm train (detail), May 2013 Acrylic, Oil and Pastels on Canvas 17" X 30" © Tamara Wasserman
20130608010835-train2
Train, Sky, 2012 Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 14" X 18" © Tamara Wasserman
20110603115836-clothed1
Girl in White, 2011 Oil and Clothing on Cnavas 24" X 18" © Tamara Wasserman
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Girl in White, detail, 2011 Oil and Clothing on Cnavas 24" X 18" © Tamara Wasserman
20110610115005-clothed-detail2
Girl in White, detail 2, 2011 Oil and Clothing on Cnavas 24 X 48" © Tamara Wasserman
20110810104900-flying_potato1
See You Later, July 2011 Mixed Media on Board 48" X 60" © Tamara Wasserman
Man_in_his_field
Man Drawn in His Field, 2001 Watercolor and Charcoal on Paper 13" X 16" © tamara wasserman
Mandrawn
Man Drawn in His Field 2, 2001 Watercolor and Charcoal on Paper 13" X 16" © tamara wasserman
20140623163712-savage_detectives_detail
Savage Detectives (detail), 2014 Acrylic and Oil on Wood 16" X 24" © Tamara Wassermann
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Riga, Latvia
Lives in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Works in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Schools
Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, 1987, BFA
Tags
layered painting mixed-media mixed-media, text-oriented, intuitive, postmodern, narrative, abstract, figurative, mixed-media, graffiti/street-art
Statement

 

Artist’s Statement

I draw inspiration from the disturbance of the mundane. I find visuals in life that surrounds me, and manipulate them into something that they are normally not, basically changing the obvious, the common, the familiar, creating a scene, the was never seen before, but is emotionally recognizable.

For me art making is a philosophical quest. I believe that if you wish to get hold of the invisible, you must penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible (Max Beckman).  Some of the methods that I use are: changes in perspective and physical orientation, mimicry, juxtaposition of tactile (found objects collage) and painterly, playing games with visual expectations and more.

Most of my work is painting on canvas, wood panel or paper, with added elements of collage.  In order to quickly “lay out ” an idea, I start with acrylics, charcoal and pastels. After that I work with very thin coats of paint, eventually adding impasto in a few areas, and building up transparent, semi-opaque and opaque layers as the work develops. Oils are usually added at later stages, to create more precise and subtle effects. My work is always a give and take between the abstract and the representative. In the last couple of years I started adding found surfaces, like pieces of clothing, napkins, candy-wrappers, etc. to my work. This helps me introduce another level of reference, of contrasts and affinities into a piece, and emphasizes tactile qualities, which effect and express the sensual aspect of art and life.

 Tamara Wasserman

 

CV: Recent exhibitions and performances

2013 Monthly Third Friday Art Events at Bridgeort Art Center Studio in Chicago

2013 Nasty, Brutish and Short Cabaret Show at LInks Hall, Chicago

2012 Paper Boat Puppet Group performs in numerous Chicago Public Library locations

2012 CWCA Women History Month Exhibition, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago

2011   Curated and participated in: "Ballou and You", the Chicago Artist Month exhibition, Chicago

2011  Participted in Fanthom  Gallery's "Art-Hive" project for the Milwaukee Ave. Art Fest, Chicago

2011    “Sanctuaries in Time”; National Juried Exhibition of the Jewish Artists Network, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at Columbia/Barnard University, New-York City

2010    “No Place Like Home”; a juried group exhibition of women art at the Koehnline Museum of Art,  (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)

Oct. - Nov.2009  Down to There: Women and Their Relationship to Hair; a juried group exhibition at the Koehnline Museum of Art (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)

October 2009  Chicago Revisionists: History, Memory and Dreams group show at the Phantom Gallery, Chicago

September 2009 Featured Member Artist on the Women Caucus for the Art website, http://www.nationalwca.org

June 2009       The Square Foot Show, Galaxie. Chicago          

June 2009 The Little Black Book group exhibition, showcasing the artistic process from sketches to finished artwork, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, New York, http://www.stacarts.org

2009   5th Annual National Self-Portrait Online Exhibition, 33collective Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009  rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change, The Art Lounge, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2008 - 2009 The Healing Power of Art; an online juried exhibition, the Excellence Award, 

 http://www.manhattanarts.com/Galler...

2008 Chicago Art Open 2008, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL USA 

2008 A solo exhibition at the Bankoff Gallery of the Jewish Federation of Saint Joseph Valley in  

 South Bend, Indiana 

2008  Group show at the Durstadt Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (part of the 

 rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change project) 

2008 Sustaining the Environment, an ongoing on-line exhibition of art-cards, made from and on recycled  materials, http://wcaartwavesinternational.blo... 

2007 Words Within -  National Juried Exhibition  of the Jewish Artists Network, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at

Columbia/Barnard University, New-York City (February/March) and Rubin-Frankel Gallery at the Boston University Hillel (April/June)

2005                  "Travelling" group show, IADT Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005    Member of the Planning Committee and exhibitor for the "Freedom/Response" Art Exhibition, at the Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois

2004                  Chicago Art Open

2004                  "Eroticism" group show, IADT Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2004                  Film score for "F vs. P", a film by Nader Nikoupour

2003-2004          "Less is More" Group Show of small size art, TZ Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003                  Paintings on display at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design Faculty Showcase

2003                  "Documentation" group exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2003                  Ox-Bow Winter Benefit Auction, Chicago, IL

2001                  Artwork exhibited at Chicago Art Open, Chicago , Illinois

1999-2000         Paintings represented by Gallery Alexie, New York City, NY           

2000                  Created and produced “The Russian Salon”, a show dedicated to the Russian Avant-Garde Art for the Chicago Cultural Center. Credits include writing, acting, directing.

2000                  Wrote, directed and produced "Flying Folios", a 24-minutes long mockumentary, the starting point of which is a desire of a  young man to find out anything about Vladimir Nabokov.

2000                  Solo exhibition at Stephen Gang Galleries/Gallery Alexie, New York, NY.

1999                  A series of drawings for a one person play "Blow me". Trap-door Theater, Chicago

1999                  Two multimedia projects (short films with special effects), "Paris Sex-Shop" and "Being Japanese",   shown at EXE, Digital Media Spectacle Event. Chicago IL                 

1999                  Paintings on display at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design Faculty Showcase

1998      Showed paintings and participated in the IMAGEBOMB multimedia installation for the Around the Coyote Art  Festival, Chicago, IL.

1998      Acted in the production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame, directed by Amy Kerwin at the University of Illinois Studio Theater.

1997                  Exhibited paintings for the Around the Coyote Art Festival, Chicago, IL

1997                  A Group Show of hand-made books, Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL

1996 – 2002       member of the pop-rock band Phenomenal Cat

1996      VR Film PARTIA PROJECT, by Irene Vodar; the Lead.

1994      "Balloon" - a video-film by Andrei Rabodzeenko; Actress.

1991-1994          Paintings represented by Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL.

1993      «Viva la Comedia!» - an installation for the Doorika Theatre benefit, Chicago, IL.

1992      Acted in "Parlando" - a play by DOORIKA, an experimental Theatre Company, Chicago, IL

1990      MAZURKA - a video film by Michael Wasserman; the smoking woman.

1989      Group Show in the REGA Art Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

 WEBSITE: http://www.paperboatart.com