For immediate release
February 2, 2004
There are times for peaceful pictures whose beauty derives from
harmonious arrangements of colors, shapes and images. When the highest
levels of our government openly discuss the uses of torture as a
tool of war, we seek a different kind of beauty, one that helps
us understand a less comfortable, more bellicose moment. Daniel
Heyman and 55 Mercer
Gallery present "War Clippings," an
on-going series of images in dialog with an America at war. "War
Clippings" exhibits over 30 of Heyman's densely layered
paintings in oil, ink and gouache on Mylar, some as large as 120
"War Clippings" is on view at the 55 Mercer Gallery from
March 1 - 26, 2005. An artist's reception will be open
to the public on Saturday, March 5, 5-7 p.m.
Deeply moved and disgusted by the release of photographs taken
at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Heyman began incorporating these
images into his already rich visual vocabulary. From his experience
as a printmaker, where images are built slowly in layers, Heyman
has learned to grow his painted works one image at a time, layering
one idea over another until the final pictures are overflowing with
rich and unusual juxtapositions -- juxtapositions that seek out
who we are today.
The artist recently wrote, "Rather than accelerate the viewing
process by presenting clear, simple images, I intend to slow it
down with a flood of images to be absorbed and experienced over
time." In a hurried age, these pictures give us deliberate moments
of pause for reflection.
As well as painted work on Mylar, "War Clippings"
also contains a number of new Japanese technique woodblock prints
beautifully printed in layers of water based inks.
55 Mercer Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10am to 6pm.
This is Heyman's 4th solo exhibition at 55 Mercer Gallery, located
at 55 Mercer Street, 3rd floor in Manhattan.
For more information and photo reproductions, please contact
Daniel Heyman at 215-236-5236 or send email inquiries to email@example.com.
You may also contact 55 Mercer Gallery directly at 212-226-8513.
55 Mercer Gallery is a non-profit artists' cooperative, founded