World Trade Center: Concrete Abstract
Exhibition Dates: September 4 - October 25, 2014
Artist's Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Shai Kremer’s World Trade Center: Concrete Abstract series at once aims for an individual and universal response to the destruction and rebuilding of the World Trade Towers. Like his past series, Kremer maintains “a post-traumatic gaze fixed on the cityscape of Manhattan - and by extrapolation, to the sociological landscape of America.” Kremer uses a process linking “accumulation, destruction, and reconstruction” that form images which are psychologically complex. Here he literally layers images within one frame, whereas in past work his vision was expressed through individual images which collectively demonstrate the layering of history. (Julie Saul Gallery Press)
These works are layered and hyper-activated. It would seem Kremer has discovered a language that allows visual experience to work as symbol for historic experience as it relates to place. We experience the images on first-glance as visually explosive. Colors, planes, and angles divert and distract our eyes, and as we search for a place to rest, our eye finds no easy pause. If we settle into these works, however, we do find moments of stability- sometimes these anchor-points are structural, sometimes they are environmental. We see the inside, the outside, the beams, the planes, the neighborhood all at once and in pieces. We sift and sort through layers in the work, and learn to allow certain moments to pull forward and backwards. Views based on tone or palate shifts for example are among our first layers of distinction. If we continue, we can dig through and even pull out more frames from the frenzy and consider the moment that particular instant belonged to and its position in the chain of events related to the Wold Trade Center site. These works speak of and are composed of construction, destruction, reconstruction. They allow us to both pull apart and to rebuild the whole. In keeping with Kremer's past work, we are asked to remember that history itself is multi-faceted.
In 2011, Kremer was granted access to the construction site of One World Trade Center, where he photographed until 2013. As the series progresses, we see the structure of the new building take shape. Within the evolution of the project, Kremer has also inserted images of the destruction and remains of the original building, which he obtained through public record. In conjunction with our show, and the opening of the new building, several institutions throughout New York City will show individual images from the series including The Museum of the City of New York, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. (Julie Saul Gallery Press)
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World Trade Center: Concrete Abstract #13
Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery