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Haim Chanin Fine Arts is pleased to present Serene Obsession, a selection of mixed-media works created by a repetitive action. Artists include Robert Bowen, Maggie Cardelus, Edith Derdyk, Máximo González, Virginia Katz, Seth Kaufman, Eduardo Santiere and Alejandra Villasmil.

 

Serene Obsession comprises artworks created by the seemingly endless repetition of an action or mark-making. In these process-oriented works the artists developed novel techniques and pushed the material to new forms, in many challenging the concept of traditional sculpture. We can sense that the creative process required a state of trance or deep meditation. As a result, the pieces exude calm and serenity, rather than frenzy.

 

Robert Bowen pairs form and text in this series of digital black and white prints. Bowen

uses classical writings, such as Alice in Wonderland and Moby Dick, to create allegorical images with the texts themselves. Bowen, a photographer and digital artist, is part of the MFA faculty, Division of Photography, Video and Related Media, at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  His works have been exhibited at Fordham University, New York, SIGGRAPH, Fifth Annual New York Digital Salon, Boston Museum of Science and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

 

Maggie Cardelus uses photo cut-outs to create embroidery or lattice-like sculptural shapes. The artist spends numerous hours incising the photographs and attaching the pieces onto a wall or armature to build her delicate organic installations. Cardelus has exhibited at Deitch Projects, New York, Galeria Fucares, Madrid, and Pallazzo dell'Arte della Triennale,Italy.

 

Edith Derdyk's thread and staples installations are labor-intensive. They require the artist  to walk back-and-forth stapling each string to the walls, floor and ceiling until, slowly, a black mass begins to emerge. In the show, Derdyk presents her Cantoneiras, three-dimensional thread drawings made to be placed in corners. Born in São Paulo, Derdyk has participated in numerous exhibitions at prestigious institutions, such as the 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, Galerie Haus, Nuremberg, Germany, HaidHausen Museum, Munich, and the São Paulo Biennial, Brazil. She was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio residency in 1999 and the Premio Revelação in Photography in 2004.

 

Máximo González uses out-of-date currency to make playful narratives. He cuts out the bills into smaller shapes to create small tableaus, such as Love Profusion and Landscape with Trash. Born in Argentina, González has shown extensively in Latin America, especially Mexico, where he lives. He has exhibited at ScopeMiami, Tamayo Museo, Mexico City, Centro Cultural Recoleta and Fundación Rosemblum in Buenos Aires.

 

Virginia Katz devices mapping systems to apprehend intangible experiences, invisible structures and motion. In Tidal Cycles Katz sits for hours on the beach, recording the levels of each wave; thicker marks corresponds to higher waves, thinner for lower ones. The result are 30-foot long scrolls. This mapping leads to new ways of perceiving our environment and invites a deeper sense of awareness. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Katz lives and works in Southern California.   Katz has an M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach. Her works have been exhibited at ScopeMiami 2004, Inflatable Evolution-White Lodestone, Werby Gallery, Long Beach, The G.A.S. Station, Max L. Gatov Gallery, Long Beach, curated by Doug Harvey (Art Critic for LA Weekly), Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, Insights 2002, The Second City Council Art Gallery, Juried by Tyler Stallings (Curator of Exhibitions, Laguna Art Museum, CA), among others.

 

The California-based artist Seth Kaufman uses organic materials to create three-dimensional works. In the series presented, Kaufman painstakingly cuts and mounts paint chips together to form fragile and delicate structures. He also uses orange peel, eggshells and sawdust. Kaufman has exhibited at California State University's Art Museum, Long Beach, Anthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, organized by John D. Spiak and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

 

Eduardo Santiere's work is about the subtle, the minimal. The Argentine artist creates tiny microcosms by marking and scratching the surface of white paper. In this context, minute puffs of cotton paper seem to sore like mountains. Holland Cotter wrote for the New York Times that "Eduardo Santiere ... gracefully messes up formal distinctions by using a needle to scratch a paper surface into all-but-invisible sculptural relief." Santiere says that he tries to capture "a not time, in a not place, only in an empty space with soft colors, few lines." The result exemplified in pieces like Three Workers is Space is magical and intriguing.

 

Growth and transformation and accumulation and change are themes that reappear in Alejandra Villasmil's work as ways of approaching the processes of life and death. In Formations the artist creates a white, coral-like wall, made of minute rolls of plaster and gauze. In Proliferation small objects, found in nature, are captured in polymer and connected to one another by a pencil drawing. The work appears to replicate organically. Villasmil has exhibited at Galería Galou, Brooklyn, Pool Art Fair, New York City, and Arteaméricas Latin American Art Fair, Miami. Her work has also been exhibited in Berlin, Boston, Taipei, and Scope, Los Angeles.

 

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