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Pending - From Nov 8 through Dec 20, 2003

 

Haim Chanin Fine Arts presents Pending, an exhibition of works by Edith Derdyk and Lucía Warck Meister, on view from November 8 through December 20, 2003. The artists will transform the gallery with two breathtaking installations. Half of the space will succumb to Edith Derdyk’s site-specific thread installation Declive/Incline, while the solemn beauty of three sculptural works by Lucía Warck-Meister, made of feathers, iron, cotton and aluminum, overtakes the other. Besides the mixed-media sculptures, the show includes gestural graphite drawings and photographs by Derdyk and charcoal and hot glue drawings by Warck-Meister.  

 

30,000 meters of black cotton thread and 20,000 staples make up Declive/Incline. The lines in Edith Derdyk’s installation extend through the gallery in a descending plane. Her three-dimensional work embodies the essence of drawing by creating volume from flat lines. Derdyk is also informed by chores traditionally assigned to women, such as weaving. The labor-intensive work requires the artist to staple each thread to the walls, floor and ceiling until, slowly, a black mass begins to emerge. The processes of creating and later dismantling the piece are integral to the work. Beautiful organic patterns are formed after Derdyk, scissors in hand, lets the threads fall to the ground or hang from the wall. The tension that held the whole disperses and the cycle is complete. The writer Noemi Jaffé compares the accumulation of small delicate particles into a powerful mass that imposes itself in space to the power of the weak to bring down the strong through patience and persistence, as a woodpecker bringing down a gigantic tree.

 

Warck Meister’s works also examine deceptive fragility and strength. In Heart, Warck Meister, places rusted metal pins on a cotton pillow. The weight of the pins contrasts with the softness of the pillow. The work’s intimate scale draws us close. In Arms, the artist simply suspends long elegant wings from an aluminum swing. It is the lost gesture of the embrace, the fallen feathers, meant for flight, overtaken by the force of gravity. The sculptural group is complemented by Mouth. On a marble slab lays a pair of shears with carefully cotton wrapped around them. Tension emanates from this piece. The half open shears may at any given moment close and cut the cotton. Conversely, the cotton protects the cutting edge, softly nurturing it and neutralizing its sharpness. What is seemingly delicate becomes strong. With disarming simplicity, the work of Lucía contains the meanderings of the human soul. The juxtaposition of contrasting materials embodies inner conflicts, it suggests the simultaneous violence and sweetness, the boldness and shyness, contained in each of us. It is a metaphor of the complex, absolutely non clear-cut ties, that bind and relate one human being to another.

 

Derdyk was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1955, where she currently lives. She has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions at prestigious institutions, such as the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderno, São Paulo (curated by Aracy Amaral), Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Museo del Chopo, Mexico D.F., Museo de Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Contemporaneao, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Galerie Haus, Nuremberg, Germany, HaidHausen Museum, Munich, and the São Paulo Biennial, Brazil. Derdyk has published several books on the theory and technique of drawing. She was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio residency in 1999.

 

Warck Meister has held individual exhibitions at Fondo Nacional de las Artes and Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, among others. She has shown collectively at Museu de Arte Moderno, São Paulo, The Work Space, Argentine Consulate and El Museo del Barrio in New York, Miura Museum of Art, Matsuyama City, Japan and Briggens Museum, Bergen, Norway. Her work has been reviewed by such renown art critics as Amy Rosenblum, Mercedes Vicente, Elena Oliveras, Kenneth Johnson, Victoria Verlichak, Guillermo Whitelow and Fevre Fermín.

 

 

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