The Ups and Downs at Taymoure Grahne

Walid Siti-Parallel Realms 

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I walked through the dark, old doors at 157 Hudson st. in Manhattan. There were two sets of stairs in front of me, one ascending up and the other descending below. It’s a visual crossroads of life, and I had to decide. The staircases are made out of greenish glass and I climb upwards.

On March 13, the Taymour Grahne gallery opened two new exhibits. One above and one below, and one could say that their placements were indicative of the works. Famous for its support of modern art, Taymour Grahne offers new artists and ideas for the public to consume.

Above stood Parallel Realms by the Iraqui-Kurdish artist Walid Siti. The beautiful exhibit is a series of buildings created out of geometric forms. Dripping squares upon dripping squares create seemingly 3-D structures with subtle color changes allowing depth and shadow to play with the eyes. As a metaphor for his homeland, Siti simultaneously shows the construction and deconstruction of the land and society.

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The exhibit combines paintings and sculptures. The paintings large and almost overwhelming nearly dwarf the small structures built of toothpick-like pieces of wood. Siti seems to want to juxtapose the magnitude of idea and philosophy with the diminutive results of reality. But with the ornate detail in the structures, the magical web of crossing lines building a myriad of multi-shaped windows to the other side, the structures also set with patient possibility built into their lines.

Corey Escoto-Surface Tension

Corey Escoto

Down below Siti’s fragile buildings stands chaos of 80’s graphics through photos and sculptures- Surface Tension by Texas-born artist Corey Escoto. Creating “reverse construction” by using manipulated photos as fodder for bizarre sculptures, Escoto builds a techno-dystopia dreamland seemingly inspired by early computer graphics of the scientific info-video genre.

The physical pieces are born from the photos that Escoto created from discontinued polaroid film. While the interest in the world veering from analog to digital is admirable, the show mirrors a part of Siti’s by a product not matching the value of the concept.

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The sculptures are a hodgepodge of pieces combining marble, glass, carpet, and other materials one would find in a discarded basement. Not unlike what’s come to be expected from art created out of benign teenage angst and confusion, Surface Tension offers simply that-a mélange of various textures and surfaces with no connection with one another.

The exhibits are open to the public from March 13th to April 13th, 2014. Taymour Grahne is at 157 Hudson St. and the gallery is free of charge.

Get yourself some culture!

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A short German translation of Walid Siti’s Exhibit.

Ich laufe durch die dunkelen Türen der 157 Hudson Straße in Manhattan. Es gibt zwei Treppen vor mir, und ich muss mich entscheiden nach oben oder nach unten zu gehen. Die Treppe sind aus Glass gemacht und ich klettere nach oben.

estern hat die Galerie, Taymour Grahne, zwei neue Ausstellungen eröffnet. Eine oben und eine unten, und man könnte sagen, dass die Platzeirung bezeichnend für das Werk war. Bekannt für die Unterstützung der modernen Kunst, Taymour Grahne, bietet verschiedene Künstler und Ideen für das Pubiikum .

Oben steht Parallel Realms von der Irakische und Kurdische Künstler Walid Siti. Die Ausstellung ist eine wunderschöne Serie von Gebäuden die von geometrischen Formen gebaut wurden. Als eine Metaphor für seine Heimat, Siti zeigt gleichzeitig die Konstruktion und Dekonsturktion des Landes und der Gesellschaft. Die Austellung vereint Gemälde mit Skulpturen; die Gemälde sind sehr gross, fast überwältigend, und die Skulpturen sind klein. Es scheint wie die zwei zusammen funktionieren um die riesegroßen Ideen gegen die ungleiche Ergebnisse der Realität zu zeigen.

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