Trapped at Snyderman-Works Galleries – in a Good Way

 

Norma Minkowitz, “I Give Myself,” 2010

Norma Minkowitz ensnares unwary gallery gypsies in her current show at Snyderman-Works Galleries, Storylines. It’s a delightful dive into the macabre, with myth swimming just below the surface. Minkowitz dances around dark themes with the same mixture of elegance and whimsicality with which Edgar Allan Poe once wielded a pen.

Like a modern-day Ariadne, Minkowitz draws viewers inside her labyrinthine world with a ball of twine – or rather a drawing of one that hangs just by the gallery entrance. The drawing forms the backdrop for her sculptural piece “I Give Myself (2010).” A second ball of twine winds its way around the arms of what appears to be a mummified Egyptian god, rabbit-headed like the goddess Unut, but shorn of feminine identity. The figure sits, hulking body attached to cartoonishly shrunken head, like the unearthed creation of a desert-dwelling Frankenstein.

Bodies writhe around mixed media piece “Excavation (2007),” a fiber-graphed Riemann sphere where the point of infinity represents suffering and anguish. Spikes protrude from the surface, scattered amidst flattened human forms and skull-like droplets. It’s a danse macabre that could double as a death-trap should it roll from its pedestal in Indiana Jones fashion.

Norma Minkowitz, “Excavation,” 2007

Music, normally the wings of the soul, becomes trapped inside the head of female sculpture, “Music in My Head (2008).” The phrase “song stuck in your head” takes a sinister twist under Minkowitz’s guidance, as the musical notes do appear literally stuck within a cerebral cage. A winged creature sits upon the woman’s mouth, blocking the music from its only escape route.

As Minkowitz promises in her artist statement, “entrapment” is the recurring theme on display at Snyderman-Works Galleries through April 27. Lose yourself in a world of flightless birds and eyeless visionaries, before your chance to see it closes shut on you forever.

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.
Don Kaiser
Don Kaiser

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.…

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.…

Don Kaiser is an InLiquid member with works in digital art and installation.…

Summer Yates creates playful dreamlike atmospheres that are densely laden with ominous, agitated, imagery cloaked in illuminated shapes and textures.
Summer Yates
Summer Yates

Summer Yates creates playful dreamlike atmospheres that are densely laden with ominous, agitated, imagery cloaked in illuminated…

Summer Yates creates playful dreamlike atmospheres that are densely laden with ominous, agitated, imagery cloaked in illuminated shapes and textures.…

Summer Yates creates playful dreamlike atmospheres that are densely laden with ominous, agitated, imagery cloaked in illuminated shapes and textures.…

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected in a race not completely my own, was not concerning to me as a child. When I was introduced to a mixed race population that was very concerned with labeling and grouping people, the experience was unsettling. From that point, I had to think about race and culture and how they related to my daily performance.
Cara Susanne Roberts
Cara Susanne Roberts

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected…

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected in a race not completely my own, was not concerning to me as a child. When I was…

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected in a race not completely my own, was not concerning to me as a child. When I was introduced to a mixed…

William Lukens is a Philadelphia architect, artist and woodblock printmaker. His work is concerned with viewing unknown space through familiar elements such as windows or trees or through abstract shapes.
William Lukens
William Lukens

William Lukens is a Philadelphia architect, artist and woodblock printmaker. His work is concerned with viewing unknown space…

William Lukens is a Philadelphia architect, artist and woodblock printmaker. His work is concerned with viewing unknown space through familiar elements such as windows or trees or through abstract shapes.…

William Lukens is a Philadelphia architect, artist and woodblock printmaker. His work is concerned with viewing unknown space through familiar elements such as windows or trees or through abstract shapes.…

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*  states of mind as one-word declarations (SO I WAS, LIKE....)

* the interior lives of artists (DESIDERATUM)

* odd courting and mating habits in the animal kingdom that sometimes echo our own (RE:PRODUCTION – Portraits)
* the dysfunction of todays politics seen through an historical perspective (WHEEL, DEAL, STEAL, THEN SPIN)

* death – it’s customs, euphemisms, architecture (THE FINAL FRONTIER)

* profiling and identity (The MARK Portraits)

* violence in America (TOKENS, PRECIS, HARBINGERS AND HERALDS, AMERICAN PIE, EIKONS)
E. Sherman Hayman
E. Sherman Hayman

Composing in series, and often series within series, all of my projects from the past couple of decades have dealt with social…

Composing in series, and often series within series, all of my projects from the past couple of decades have dealt with social issues, and more recently have embraced text as both content and image:

*…

Composing in series, and often series within series, all of my projects from the past couple of decades have dealt with social issues, and more recently have embraced text as both content and image:

* states of mind as…

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