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.

Current Exhibition

 

Fantastic Books & Where to Find Them


October 6 - 28 weekends 1 pm to 6 pm   

Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC.org) Second Floor

481 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn


This exhibition examines our relationship with books--books as a physical presence in our homes and public libraries. What will happen to bound volumes when the contents are are digitized and exist only on the invisible shelves of the Internet? When characters and plotlines are reduced to computer code and the codex is no longer necessary to the experience of reading or the craft of writing, what will we do with all our books? 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.


With an archway made of paperbacks, a pedestal of hardbacks, a "music box" of sheetmusic, and other bookish objets d'art, this installation creates a "safe space" for book-lovers in which the transcendent beauty of words on paper is the central visual experience. In the alcove near the southwest corner of the upper gallery, viewers will find a nature preserve for the waning bibliophile and further discussion of the implications of the exhibition.  


Presented in collaboration with artists Tiziana Mazziotto, Ellie Winberg, and Mauricio Morillas. 

Urban Art

Materials

Wood, Metal, Canvas, Rope, Wire, Leather, Fabric, Housepaint, Windows, Book pages, Bark, Burl, Dry lemon rinds, Glass, Chalk, Carpet, Hay, Chains, Hooks, Cellar doors, Oak doors, Shutters, Wood Paneling, Squash, Linen, Plumbing pipe, Piano keys, Keys, Metal studs, Steamer trunks, Desk tools, Desiccated clementines, Clock parts, Car parts, Doll parts, Jewelry, Trowels, Twigs, Disassembled chairs, Utility covers, Fire hydrant tops, Fuzz, Shells, Leaves, Dry flowers, Rollers, Razors, Mattress springs, Mango pits, Poetry stanzas, Accordions, Toys, Tulle, Tacks, Fur, Broken frames, Turtle shell, Vegetable stems, Sink parts, Dials, Pulleys, Brackets, Beads, Bugs, Exotic plant specimens, Flattened lizards, May & Jesus, Tiny bird bones, Postage stamps, Moss, Dry tea, Corks, Ceramics, Coat racks, Soap dishes, Rusted anything, Most anything burned, One half-smoked cigar, and a few other bits of engaging detritus.  

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Assemblage

(art) a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects; also act of fitting parts together; gathering; act of coming together; early 18th c. also assemblement, assemblance, late 15c.

Bricolage

(art or literature) construction or creation from a diverse range of available things; mid 20th c. French, from bricoler  do odd jobs, repair.

Collage

(visual art) a combination or collection of various things; lit. gluing or pasting, 1919, from Old French coller "to glue," from Greek kolla "glue." 

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"Imagine This" Exhibition at BWAC, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition 

2016 October

Wooden panels & carved orbs for hanging piece, brass door handle contributed by Alex Barbieri, fellow BWAC member

2016 October

"Urban Undress" Exhibition at BWAC

2016 July

BWAC Art Show Adds Local Color To Red Hook,  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thane-rosenbaum/bwac-art-show-adds-local-_b_11159940.html

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Doll parts contributed by Marcie: a new element and therefore a new perspective on the layered collages framed in strips of deck wood.

"Imagine This" Exhibition, BWAC

All RaziMizrahi works are created from repurposed found (and donated!) objects.

2016 September

"Urban Undress" Exhibition at BWAC

2016 July

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Tokens from viewers to be integrated into artworks

Brake pads and umbrella skeleton found in a parking lot

Nearly finished works


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Materials: Bumble bee and leather strap

"Imagine This" Exhibition, BWAC

2016 October

Construction cement and plaster

2016 October 

Works in Progress

2016 October