Sunday, October 22, 2006

faina lerman & graem whyte @ cass cafe

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Faina and Graem explore similar utopic worlds in their works. Their works act in a sort of yin yang effect where one starts where another one ends: the blurring of other worlds from 2d mark making branches to 3d folding Rubik's planes.
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Faina's paintings are filled with tiny, intricate doodles, washes of neutral colors and bolder explosions of darker thick brush strokes. She explores the picture plane in archaeological way of exposing layers of marks, showing history of graphite squiggly lines and then allowing the paint to cover other areas in sweeping swirls that dance between lines. I notice a little bit of contemporary painter cecily brown in her work.
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I like faina's new works a lot. She is incorporating a form or body in them that she describes as being an influence from her recent preparation for writing children's stories.
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Crazy detroit attacking chicken creature!
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Faina's teeny make believe world.
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Graem has some new work on display too. I am familiar with graem's "chewy" series and paper folding sculpture but he has a new series of small model worlds of grassy planes that formulaically fold apart. They are like golf coarse architectural models that have angular fault lines that have caused them to splice into pieces. They are a nice progression from the previous folded paper pieces.

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I could have snatched up this small grassy tri-plane world...but it was already sold :(
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Way to make a regular Farmer Jack bag into art origami!
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Older works from graem...they look like the marks in faina's paintings if they had been put out to dry.
Great show...I just have to figure out how to look at work at Cass without annoying the people eating...oh, well!

5 Comments:

Blogger John Azoni said...

Faina is an incredible painter. I am really drawn to the detail in her work, and the level of consideration without allowing it to look too contrived. What a great pairing of artists.

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap! An interesting show at the cass?

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Leoqueen said...

I think this is the best show that has ever been in this venue!

Sends it over the top....the Cass Cafe is a wonderful art gallery that serves food and drink on the side

Faina's paintings are lush and inviting; Graem's sculptural works are the perfect counterpoint.

3:47 PM  
Blogger elizabeth isakson said...

so, i am totally sitting under that big graem sculpture while i'm reading this blog.

hilarious.

cass cafe IS the official cubegallery office, by the way. it's nice to have a bartender while you're working.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous ANDREW DRISKO said...

This show is really good…this is what our art scene needs more of!!! I believe this work is beginning to connect ideas, as well asvery intresting, visually dynamic and engaging “all you can ask for in work”.,. I hope the artists read this!!!! And if so contact Synergy..:)

“Shameless plug but hey I like the work”

11:43 AM  

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