David Herman: FRACTRUES

April 10 - May 3, 2008

Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4W, Chelsea, NYC, is pleased to present David Herman: Fractures. The artist’s fifth solo exhibition, featuring a suite of primarily black and white canvases, will be on view April 10 through May 3, 2008. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8 pm.

Herman’s imagery drifts comfortably between abstraction and representation, depicting irregular black and white patterns reminiscent of bone fragments or parched, cracked earth; stylized maps of the world; and bleak urban skylines. While the work addresses sociopolitical issues such as the global economy, war, and environmental concerns, the artist also finds inspiration in the mundane. The eroding white paint of a parking lot’s directional arrow melting into the blacktop came to symbolize the fragility of unchecked development and growth in Herman’s piece entitled Broken Arrow.

These stark images, drained of color, point to the distressful side effects of globalization: the polarization of the economy, the loss of uniqueness and a sense of place. In his work, Gold Standard, a map of the world reveals fissures throughout. A gold bar hovers above all. One world, under a new god—the god of capitalism. With Horizon I, we are confronted with a disjointed skyline. The calm grey sea lies completely flat, leaving us to wonder how we will weather the next storm.

The theme of disintegration, of images breaking apart, is repeated throughout Herman’s work, yet the artist offers a glimmer of hope. Placed in the center of several of the pieces floats an ethereal blue globe, a perfect circle, alluding to nature’s endless cycles—mother earth primed for her return.

David Herman has had solo shows at Caelum Gallery, Gallery Swan, and Nexus Gallery, all in New York City; Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ; Gallery Emanuel, Kings Point, NY; and Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY. His work has also been included in group exhibitions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; and the Great Neck Art Center, Great Neck, NY. Herman’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Gallery and Studio Magazine, and The New York Art World.

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