March 15, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Rendered Void, an exhibition of recent photographs and porcelain sculptures by Fellowship Artist Gabriela Vainsencher. This is Vainsencher’s first institutional solo show in New York City.
On a 2018 trip to Israel, in a used book store, Vainsencher found Treasures of the Bible Lands, a catalogue for a 1987 exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In a curious departure from the museum’s focus on modern and contemporary art, the exhibition showed artifacts found in and around what we now call Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza Strip. The catalogue featured striking photographic documentation of the artifacts of the myriad civilizations that lived in the Middle East in ancient times. Since acquiring the catalogue, Vainsencher has been physically and conceptually mining it to produce her latest body of work: one-to-one photographs of the book’s pages, cut up and layered. By making holes in the photos, she physically edited out the objects, leaving only negative spaces and the shadows that they had cast on their lurid backgrounds. These ravaged pages became fuel for images that call to mind the holes in the ground after an archeological expedition has departed; the negative space left behind by something that has been taken away.
Vainsencher also renders the void in a recent series of abstract porcelain sculptures, installed on a site-specific blackened steel armature that wraps around the gallery. Echoing the negative spaces in the photographs, these monochromatic sculptures reference the body and its persistence through breakage.