Something's Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss

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Migrantes, 2011 Acrylic, Spray Paint, Markers On Wood 48" X 60" © Nelson Rivas aka Cekis
Something's Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss
Curated by: Lois Stavsky

March 24th, 2011 - May 17th, 2011
Opening: March 24th, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

New York University (NYU)
Lois Stavsky painting, Bronfman Center Gallery, New York University, Something's Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss mixed-media graffiti/street-art drawing


Featuring a diverse selection of work by over 30 artists crossing cultures, sensibilities and generations, Something’s Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss explores the theme of loss from multiple perspectives.

Celebrated interdisciplinary artist Grimanesa Amorós responds to the scenes she witnessed on September 11, 2001 with a hauntingly beautiful drawing infused with familiar shapes falling down amidst clouds of dust.  With infectious colors and fanciful images, renowned folk artist Malcah Zeldis pays homage to the lost lives of Amadou Diallo, Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Daniel Pearl.   In stunningly crafted sculptures, multimedia artist Anique Taylor honors a range of women, beginning with Eve, whose lives were marked by loss.

Jewish American artist Fay Grajower addresses the transformative power of loss with a unique visual vocabulary fusing figurative elements within an impressionistic aura. Haitian native Francks Décéus paints hauntingly beautiful images, characterized by delicate hues and graceful rhythms, on the theme of migration and its inherent losses.  In his deftly conceived portraits reminiscent of his outdoor mural work, Chilean native Nelson Rivas captures the loss of identity experienced by those crossing borders. The loss of aspirations is the theme of Jack DeMartino’s masterful paintings inspired by an inner city high school student’s daily routine.

Jerusalem-based photographer Leora Cheshin documents in photography and in writing four generations of tragic losses, along with remarkable triumphs, among family members. In a country marked by wars and uncertainty, Tel Aviv street artist Dede Confidential creates stencils and stickers encouraging his onlookers to “keep moving.”

Presented, too, for the first time in the United States are paintings created by Israeli children who had lost their homes in Gush Katif in the summer of 2005. Created during art therapy sessions sponsored by MAHUT, The Center for Preparation for Community Emergencies, the paintings reflect a range of feelings from despair to hope.

Also featured is artwork created in a therapeutic setting by teenage girls who had been victims of abuse in India.  Under the guidance of Swanchetan, an organization that provides emotional support to survivors of violence, abuse and trauma, these girls moved from loss of dignity to recovery.

Among others who share their visions and voices are: A1one, Athena Azevedo, Daya Bonnie Astor, Baser, Shayne Bovell, David Stanford Burr, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Cayla Lewis, Miguel Angel Lobaina, Joseph Makoviecki, Jason Mamarella, Mefisto, Guleraana Mir, Alice Mizrachi, Native, James P. Quinn, Moriah Ressler, Anuar Rosaldo, Lucas Ruggieri, Matthew Wheeler and David Zeldis.