Zadok Gallery has begun previewing two new exhibitions from very different parts of the world. The space is clearly attempting to go big with this latest showing. The gallery, which carries a variety of pieces ranging from optical illusions made of rainbow strings to robots being projected upon, has branched out into really using its space.
Pavel Acosta, a Havana-born artist, is represented here with his project: "Stolen from the Met." Acosta chose six selections of classic paintings at the Met by Vermeer, El Greco, Van Gogh, Velazquez, Picasso, and Greuze and presented them as though they were on walls carved out of the famous museum. They are arranged as though they are in a gallery. Using sheetrock to imitate the paintings in monochrome, the amount of detail accomplished is staggering.
Acosta grew up idolizing these paintings. When he finally came to the United States three years ago, he was able to view them in person for the first time. He says he wanted to take the paintings home with him, right off the walls, which is why he decided to initiate this project. It was also inspired by the easy access with which art is shared in communist Cuba. He also admits to lightly mocking the stuffiness of the Met. You can look out for some of Acosta's work at the PAMM, which will soon be displayed in April.
Meanwhile, Seon Ghi Bahk's "Fiction of the Fabricated Image" utilizes charcoal hung from nylon strings to create images of objects at different times, being created and destroyed. The centerpiece of the new exhibit is a representation of different architectural figures such a pillars and towers in a state of decay. The use of non-traditional objects and space is impressive, and when you stand in the middle of the piece, you really feel like you are looking at a lost civilization destroyed years ago.
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Bahk, who is based in Seoul but grew up in a small mountainous town in Korea, is fascinated by the relationship between nature, humans, and architecture. He feels that nature will eventually destroy everything humans have built, and that humans will at some point become extinct, allowing nature to take over.
Architecture is one of the most important parts of human society, Bahk feels, and this is how he hopes to represent its decay.
See both these new exhibits at the Zadok Gallery. They will be on view through March and April.