8.6.11

Artist: Shalom Neuman

Shalom Neuman is a Jewish New York based artist who has taught at the Parsons School of Design, as a visiting lecturer at The School of Visual Arts at Yale and is presently on the faculty at Pratt Institute of Technology.  He was born in Prague and is the last surviving member of a large Jewish family, most of whom perished in Nazi Germany’s Holocaust. His family escaped from Prague towards the end of the war and emigrated to Haifa, Israel where he spent his childhood. When he was 12 Shalom, his sister and his parents emigrated to Pittsburgh, PA. He has lived in the United States ever since.

While in Prague I got to see some of his work at the National Gallery of Prague.  I was taking photos of his Found Object art when an attendant came up and started speaking to me in Czech- My first reaction was that I had done something wrong- and I thought she was suggesting I had touched the art work (as IF) but I soon realized she WANTED me to touch the art work!

These works- made in 2007 are respectively titled Morris, Ed and Calvin- They depict faces made out of found or trash objects- At the bottom of each work are circular sound bits that when pressed say things that one would expect to hear coming out of a card or toy. 



This piece had fast food 'prizes' from the 1980's of the Fat Albert characters

Ed- had the same Smurfs that I collected as a kid from Mc Donald's- I still have the one on a skate board.




From the artists statement:
If our world is composed of overlapping stimuli which create constant sensory overload, then why should visual art limit itself to any one discipline such as painting, sculpture, print, video or computerized digital images? Is it not true that imagery is inseparable from sound and evolution in time? And if that is the case, shouldn’t art be a mirror that accurately reflects our environment, society and culture? 

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The images are mine but all the information and quotes are from Mr. Neuman's website:
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12 comments:

la petite coquine said...

This is absolutely stunning! I've been reading "Fast Food Nation" and I feel like the cultural overlaps are everywhere!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Weird. And awesome. All in one. Right up my alley.

Mama Gone Green said...

I am a huge fan of recycled art. Those are very funky!

valarie said...

Hi Ren,
Popping over to see how you're doing. I love this artist. How much fun is that to be able to touch the art? I really like that monkey face and the artists story is really fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

The Barefoot Crofter said...

What interesting pieces. Pure art!
xx

Sara Szatmary said...

Love the texture and pop culture infused in these.

Nuit said...

WOW, I LOVE this Ren!!!!!!

David Toms said...

How fun and colourful these are!

Bombay Beauty said...

very interesting art. did you see this at some point?

http://www.vikmuniz.net/

especially his 2006 'junk' series...

xo

bb

Krystal said...

i have to say those are really random, but when explained makes sense. very interesting!

Brissa said...

those are super cool! i love it! taking something from your childhood and turning "junk" into art. genius. especially with these little toys.

bicocacolors said...

wow those are stunning!!!!

a big hug,
elena

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