These artists ask us to re-examine the world, finding meaning in traces and details, often those that are obscured or concealed. Small, transitory moments are magnified and charged with new significance.
Confino’s works invite people to see with fresh eyes and to feel more connected to themselves and the world around them. Living in New York, which often values glamour and instant gratification above all else, Confino finds objects that at first sight seem insignificant and worthless. By giving them attention and a monumental quality, perhaps they will finally be loved. As a journalist for the past 35 years, he is always searching for a deeper truth. His fascination with reflections in water, glass and other materials, offers a visual expression of this desire to look beyond the habitual way we perceive reality.
Marx’s exploration is about allusion, the hint of recognition that unfolds as in a dream, or in fragments of memory. She is obsessed with the interplay between shadow and light, watching the transformation of the ordinary. The line in the foreground defines a plane between the image and the viewer, a gesture intended to reinform the narrative. The first reading of the piece gives way to another as the line introduces a deeper level of meaning. It also defines her personal relationship to the piece, where Marx locates herself within the context of the visual story. She tries to capture the mystery of things beyond the visible, an alchemy that surprises and shifts perception.
Perlman’s prints, paintings and sculptures utilize a swirling and expressive application of media, combined with discarded materials and debris. Her work grapples with the feelings, urges, and memories within the unconscious and allows them to surface through her art. Layered paint is carved, textured and scraped off metal, paper and plexiglass, then allowed to coagulate in a uniquely raw and spontaneous manner. Through the storm of paint, negative spaces create moments of calm, tenuously nestled within the chaos. Turbulence is essential to inform the tranquil moments in Perlman’s work, evidence of her own inwardly investigative and chance methodology.
By putting an emphasis on the process rather than the end result, Perlman’s works are more of a question mark than a statement and allow the viewer to be part of her questing.
Echoes will be on view at Equity Gallery from February 20th to March 16th, 2019.