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Faces of Transformation

August 3 – 30, 2017, Abrazo Interno Gallery

Faces of Transformation refers to the
human visage as it carries associations of
personality, experience, history and even
intimations of mortality and spirituality.

August 3 – August 30, 2017
Abrazo Interno Gallery
The Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk Street, NY, NY 10002
Hours: Mon-Sun. 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM or by appointment
Opening: Thursday, August 3, 2017 – 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM

As related to the history of portraiture, the face
mirrors not only the sum of all these
characteristics, but also more importantly
what a person can or will become; their
potentiality. In an exhibition of two very
strong artists, different aspects
of this concept are depicted:
Tine Kindermann has created an ongoing
project titled We the People, after the 2016
election. Working from vintage photographs,
the artist examines the beauty and diversity
of the American people, including immigrants,
Native Americans and slaves. By translating
photos into paintings, the artist connects
her work to a tradition going as far back as
the Coptic Fayum portraits of the First
Century BCE, reflecting the universality of
the human condition. Sources include the
works of well-known photographers like
Lewis Hine and Edward S Curtis, as well as
family photos of friends and strangers alike.
The body of this project consists of singlefaced
portraits, executed with acrylic paint
on Kraft paper from the Satmar Shmura
Matzo factory in Williamsburg Brooklyn, an
immigrant business.

In a series of large new works, Joel Silverstein
has created a complex narrative called My
Metaphysical Romance derived from film,
superhero comics, pulp magazines, National
Geographic photographs and the Hebrew
Bible. In a Magic Realist style deriving from
traditional early Twentieth Century figurative
expressionism, Silverstein weaves complex
dream imagery where all personal and
historical time occurs in the same pictorial
space. Layering saturated color, symbols and
modes of representation, the artist loads his
canvasses with imagery alluding to a
speculative reality where all things are
possible. Included in the show is a diptych
entitled The Golem Maker, 2017 and a triptych
dedicated to the writer HP Lovecraft, The
Horror at Red Hook, 2017.

Kindermann has defined the character of her
subjects through her art. The weariness of
past hardships, mixed with the defiance of
hoping for a better future, personifies the
sense of what it means to be an American
today. For Silverstein, likeness and personality
are proscribed by memory, dream and
reflection, as well as the sense that there may
be realities beyond what we know.
Experience is a transformational process,
embodied by gestural marks within the
human form. Taken together, these artists
create works which exemplify a palpable
sense of being and becoming. The works
confront each other in a bold way as if aware
and cognizant, even as the viewer enters into
a dialogue by viewing them.

Tine Kindermann is a visual artist and
musician from Berlin, Germany, who has been
living and working in New York City since
1993. A figurative artist working in various
media, her work, which includes miniature
tableaux and dioramas, video and painting,
has been shown at Stephen Romano Gallery,
the Governors Island Art Fair, RePop, Mark
Miller Gallery and other galleries in New
York City, as well as Neurotitan Gallery and
Gallery Kurt im Hirsch in Berlin. In the past
two years she has co-curated exhibitions for
Yiddish New York, an annual cultural festival
in NYC. Tine has also sung German folk
songs with Iggy Pop.

Tine Kindermann:,

Joel Silverstein is an artist, critic and teacher.
He has earned a BFA and MPS from Pratt
Institute and an MFA in Painting from
Brooklyn College. He has shown work at
Pratt Institute, Columbia University, the Van
Leer Institute, The Mishkan Le’Omanut
Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish
Art. He has written over 60 articles and art
catalogues. The artist/critic is a Founding and
Executive Member of the Jewish Art Salon
and has curated five Salon exhibitions
including: JOMIX- Jewish Comics Art &
Derivation and The Dura Europos Project.
His work and curated exhibitions are both
cited in Ori Z. Soltes’ book, Tradition and
Transformation; Three Millennium of Jewish Art &
Architecture, Canal Street Studios, NY, 2016.

Joel Silverstein:
cell: 973-534-6554

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Top row: Tine Kindermann
Amelia Lee
Ruthenian Woman, (after a Lewis Wickes Hines photo)
Thomas Nelson Baker Sr.
All works 2017.
Acrylic on paper, 17″ x 22″
Bottom: Joel Silverstein
The Golem Maker, 2017
Acrylic on panel, 84″ x 96″