SOME/ART : SHIRLEY WEGNER I LANDSCAPE ANOMALIES
"After moving to NY from Israel more than a decade ago, I found myself reconstructing landscapes of my home country in my studio. It was as if the physical and geographical distance from Israel allowed for a psychological one to appear, through which memories of specific landscapes began to surface, and along with them, questions about how mechanisms of identity and belonging are formed through childhood imagery. One series I began to work on was Explosions, in which, using sculpture, painting and installation, I began to recreate different explosive imagery in my studio: these room-size dioramas are made using no visual reference other than my memory of them; they are made to be photographed and once the photo is taken, the set is taken apart. I use everyday, mundane materials like pillow stuffing, paper, mesh-wire, fabric and cellophane that allow me for a degree of immediacy and improvisation essential to the process. From vast explosions, to the smallest gravel stones, each element is made by hand. I am interested in the theatre-like quality of the image: the hanging wires, mesh, or staples are purposefully left, creating a disentangled, loose-around-the-edges image, sustained between real and fiction, between a personal and a collective gaze".
Shirley Wegner, 2013
Wegner is an israelian artist, who works and lives in NYC for more than ten years. She integrates in situ photography, installation, painting, and interventions to her work which focus on the way we build our own perception of reality, and its representation in our collective and personal memories.
[Source "Shirley Wegner : Landscape anomalies", Ravit Harari, writter and curator].
Shirley Wegner, Oct. 16th 2013, Dec. 14th 2013, Farideh Cadot Gallery, 7 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth & 110 rue Vieille du Temple (by appointment)