Dov Talpaz


February 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017
Opening reception February 10, 2017, 6pm to 9pm

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Slag Gallery is pleased to present Dov Talpaz’s solo exhibition, Breathing. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Dov Talpaz is best known for his sense of meditative and romantic storytelling in his work. Delving deep into the complexities of human emotion, Breathing focuses on the connection between music and painting in their composition, energy, and broad spectrum of emotional narratives.

Complementing the composition of music, Talpaz’s work follows a harmony of form, line, color, and tone. Inspired by the structural philosophy of abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann, Talpaz’s paintings breathe through shapes, which create a push and pull effect, creating tension between colors and enabling the experience of depth in flat surfaces. Within these shapes, he harks back to the lyrical and color sensibilities of Wassily Kandinsky, regarding the importance that color becomes object and objects returns to abstract color.

A recurring motif found in several paintings in the series is the trumpet, showcasing the energy through which it plays, as well as the dynamism of the structure itself. “In painting this motif, I wanted to convey through colors, shapes, shadows, reflections, and background fields, the sound the trumpet generates,” Talpaz explains. “Although the musician is absent here, it is his/her rhythmic breathing that merges object and body to create new life. In a way the trumpet becomes a figure: the musician as well as the instrument.”

Dov Talpaz was born in College Station, Texas. He studied at The New York Studio School from 1999-2002 with artists Mercedes Matter and Rosemary Beck. He has exhibited extensively locally and internationally, including EGMS Studio (Austria), William Holman Gallery (NYC),Manhattan World Culture Open Center (NYC), Speak Easy Show Space (Israel), Fire Barn Gallery (Michigan), and Muskegon Museum of Art (Michigan). His work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, “Erev Rav” Magazine for Art (Israel), “Whitehot Magazine”, “W” Magazine, and “Calcalist” newspaper. Dov Talpaz currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.