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In The Vicinity of History, 5774

Meyer Vaisman
On View:
December 1, 2014-February 15, 2015

KaBe Contemporary is pleased to present  “In The Vicinity of History, 5774” featuring Meyer Vaisman’s latest body of work. Vaisman produced a new series of large scale inkjet paintings on poplar plywood in continuation with his interest with photomechanical reproduction and the transformation into digital printing employing current technologies.


Vaisman has been wanting to create paintings without his hand or touch since 1980’s, using mechanical techniques and commercial process inks in his early works.  Where the artist previously zoomed in on the canvas weave of a picture’s surface, in his new work he makes te viewer focus on the back of the painting, the stretcher, the wood grain. All is upside down, backwards, and mirrored imaged. Using his signature and his own digital Thumbprint, the artist works on the idea of self as subject through the deployment, repetition and layering of his own autographic mark.  Once more, Vaisman explore the idea of self representation through coded abstraction.


Born in Caracas, Venezuela (1960) Vaisman currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. Vaisman returns to Miami, the city where he decided tu pursue an Art degree after attending Miami Dade College for two years. He then moved to New York City to continue his career.


After culminating his studies in the 1980’s Vaisman gains international notoriety when he opens his own gallery International with Monument along with two of his fellow Parson’s graduates. Located in New York City’s Lower East Side district, it is in this gallery where some of the most well known contemporary artists of our time had done their firsts shows; artists such as Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, Richard Prince, Robert Smithson, and Ashley Bickerton. 


Vaisman’s work has been included in the Venice Biennale (2003) and The Carnegie International (1988) as well as notable exhibitions, including East Village USA at New Museum, NY (2004); Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art at PS1, NY; No Place (Like Home) at The Walker Art Center, MN (1997); and Post Human, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, at The Deste Foundation, Athens (1992, traveled).  His work is included in numerous museum collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Walker Art Center, MN; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; La Galeria de Art Nacional, Caracas; MOCA Los Angeles; The Broad Foundation; The Hammer Museum, LA; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and The Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv.

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