David HermanMarch 9 - April 16, 2006
Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4th Floor, Chelsea New York is pleased to announce New York artist David Herman’s third solo exhibition, Security.
The intricate patterns adorning the envelope of an official envelope containing confidential tax information arrested the artist and became the concept for this recent exhibition.
There were tiny numbers jammed up against each other, creating a mesh that would prohibit anyone from seeing through the envelope; they were at once mesmerizing and forbidding. Staring at the busy patterns, they took on a life of their own. Like Rorschach tests, they appeared as filigrees, intricate patterns; an arcane language of signs and symbols that seemed an apt metaphor for the dizzying and sometimes impenetrably complex contemporary visual landscape.
These numbers and letters, designed in their component form to be symbols of communication, had come to serve as objects of obfuscation. Herman soon began to consider an interesting paradox; the universe of signs and meaning, so evolved to clarify and elucidate, had begun to obscure and confuse – a modern day Tower of Babel as it were.
These thoughts are the basis for the series, “Security”, named after the security envelopes that inspired Herman’s stirrings. The secretive deployment of these designs are explored and expanded upon in this exhibition and hopefully reinvest them with a renewed legibility.
Herman has shown widely in New York and elsewhere, including exhibitions at the Caelum Gallery, , Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Nexus Gallery, and Gallery Swan. He has show in group exhibitions at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center and the Great Neck Art Center. His reviews include The New York Times, Gallery and Studio Magazine and the New York Art World.
There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 9, 2006 from 6-8 pm.