Razi Mizrahi’s work recaptures the singular beauty of discarded objects from the city streets, repurposed into a new industrial frame, and transfigured by the natural surroundings of New York’s urban landscape.
January 9 – 13, 2019
Melia White House Hotel
Albany St, Regent’s Park
NW1 3UP London, UK
The primary focus of this exhibition are the dueling 8-foot female figures painted on canvas tarps, grecian in stature and weight, adorned with artifacts of human existence that accentuate the creases and curvatures of the female body. The canvases are draped from rods, freed from the hard structural confines of conventional stretchers, allowing the figures to curl to the floor. Viewed from a distance, the figures and their ornamentations present a tension between the sensuous female form and the utilitarian demands made on her. The central question in many cultures is no longer what is a “woman’s place” in society but what places on a woman’s body is bounded by her own self-determination.
This exhibition includes the “Puss n’ Books” series, which continues the exploration of our relationship with books--books as possession, each one a unique physical presence in our homes, and books as the centrifugal force drawing us to public libraries and bookstores. As virtual reality overtakes physical reality, the public libraries that once served as cultural centers for Gutenberg ’s treasures may become urban dinosaurs; private libraries that once reflected the owner's breadth of intellectual engagement may collapse into blinking tablets like imploding stars; and the “shushing” librarians who steward these silent worlds of words are already adapting to our clamorous cyber scenery. In answer to questions about what will happen to bound volumes when the contents are are digitized and exist only on the invisible shelves of the Internet, one response is that we will make art, transforming literary gems into visual treasures. The Puss n’ Books series transforms books into floral pussies, erupting with words, color, and small precious objects folded into the labial layers.