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Palimpsest III

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Palimpsest III: catalog 18, 2012 Watercolor, Gold Leaf and Acrylic on Paper 24 3/4 X 22 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & LMAK Projects
Palimpsest III

298 Grand Street
New York, NY
February 16th, 2013 - March 24th, 2013
Opening: February 16th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.lmakgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
east village/lower east side
EMAIL:  
info@lmakgallery.com
PHONE:  
212-255-9707
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sun 11-6
TAGS:  
watercolors on paper

DESCRIPTION

LMAKprojects is pleased to present Russell Nachman’s Palimpsest III, his second solo exhibition with the gallery, highlighting new, large format watercolors on paper.

Palimpsest III continues Nachman’s meditation on the waning days of western metaphysics via the art historical trope of the harlequin—re-imagined as a contemporary, Black Metal-music
reveler. Corpse painted figures are shown imbibing in a bacchanal of alcohol and religious euphoria. They are the Freudian Id, loosed and drunk on a Mal-appropriated spirituality. Using structures of iconic, Christian painting and illuminated, prayer manuscripts the work creates a contrast of reverence and irreverence in order to express the desire for meaning faced with the fear that meaning has receded in the construct of all things.

Depicting the sacred and the profane, this body of work strives to embrace the human comedy, neither proselytizing nor moralizing.

With a pastiche of art history, pop culture, Americana, and personal imagery, the work realizes a new subculture of iconography. As such, Nachman creates a new, distinct voice in a time of acute, social change and transitional, cultural values.