Superflat Donkeys and Zooms
Superflat Donkeys and Zooms is the newest work by the renowned Neo-Geo artist, Meyer Vaisman. Born in Caracas, Venezuela (1960) Vaisman currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. After more than 10 years since his last show in the United States, 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.
In 1986 New York’s Sonnabend Gallery - one of the first art spaces established in SoHo and the epicenter of the international vanguardist contemporary art scene - organized the group show of four emerging contemporary artists: Ashley Bickerton, Peter Halley, Jeff Koons, and Meyer Vaisman. After this show, the four artists became the precursors of a new movement deemed Neo-Geo. The very next year, in 1987, Leo Castelli offers Vaisman a solo show in his prestigious New York gallery.
For this solo show at KaBe Contemporary, Vaisman will showcase his latest set of works where he gives a continuation of his own representation of “self” – which began in 1984 with VAISMEN. Vaisman uses portraits of donkeys printed on plywood utilizing a photo mechanical process, as self-portraits and representations of others. In many societies, donkeys represent noble creatures that have been the base for myths related to stupidity and stubbornness. According to Vaisman “This is a very emotional show, where I go back and use humor and tragedy at the same time to demonstrate the complexity of man’s sense of humanity”.