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Slag Gallery is pleased to present Tight Connections, a solo presentation of recent works by Naomi Safran-Hon. This will be the artist's fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.
In this new body of work, the Tight Connections may not be obvious. The artist embeds photographs into paintings with cement, fabric, lace, and acrylic. The oeuvre explores the space between photography and painting. The invisible seam lines between the works' disparate materials bring into focus how easy it is to overlook how we are all connected. An aspect, the artist suggests, which the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light.
Tight Connections are present throughout the exhibit, drawing a relationship between cement and lace, as well as in the subject matter and content. In the painting Behind Her Eye the artist extends the reality of the photograph occupying the work’s middle into its upper and lower sections, recreating the image in the picture’s material. In Babel, an image of a building under construction is expanded into a grid-like abstraction, creating a tension between illusion and actuality. These works and others ask the viewer to question what they believe in, and how it is connected to their own identity and story.
About the artist, Naomi Safran-Hon
Naomi Safran-Hon creates work that makes gripping statements about the fragility of human experience, the complicated nature of one's home, and the vicissitudes of collective identities. The artist is seeking the narrative that is hidden and buried in the landscape.
Safran-Hon received her BA Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University in Studio Art and Art History in 2008 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012, Art Omi in 2016, and was a 2019-2020 Workspace Resident at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her last show at Slag Gallery in Spring 2020 garnered a profile in The New York Times. Safran-Hon was a recipient of the BRIC Colene Brown Art Prize in 2020 and was a finalist for Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship.
Safran-Hon has been exhibiting extensively in the US as well as internationally. Her work was featured at venues such as Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX; Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, IL; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Queens Museum, NY; Islip Museum, NY; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzilya, IL; Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Upcoming Solo Exhibitions 2022:
-Soft Power, Bonisson Art Center, Roignes, FR
-Galerie RX, Paris, FR
Upcoming Group Exhibitions 2022:
- Les Franciscaines Art Center, Deauville, FR
-Slag & RX Gallery, NYC