October 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Memento Mori-New Drawings
Exhibition Dates: October 25 – December 20, 2014
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, October 25, 5–7 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Public Contact: 310-836-9055
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to present an exhibition of new drawings by Los Angeles artist Ira Korman.
Korman is known for his exquisite charcoal on paper portraits that push the age-old medium to new boundaries of subtlety and mastery. In this latest series, the artist continues his portraiture theme, but with a new vantage point. In preparation for the exhibition, the artist scoured flea markets, thrift stores, and the internet to find discarded and often damaged photo-booth portraits, dating from the early to mid 20th Century. The artist created drawings in an intimate scale based on the found photos, rendering every crease, tear and faded memory. The resulting grouping is a powerful collection of open-ended narratives and an extraordinary documentation of the physical passage of time.
My new series of drawings, renderings of found photo-booth portraits, is a continuation of themes I’ve explored in previous work: the unrelenting passage of time and fleeting nature of life. They are “Memento Mori”, visual reminders of our mortality.
In these ephemeral objects, I can’t avoid seeing the varying degrees of damage and deterioration as metaphors for what surely was the uneven dispensation of blessings and adversity among the individuals memorialized in them. Indiscriminate damage fuses with unique individuals to suggest compelling and poignant narratives.
Technically, with charcoal and carbon on paper, my aim is to record the physical character of each object through careful observation and accurate depiction of light and form. But most important is to arouse within the viewer a sense of our most profound commonalities: The mutability of life and the constancy of change.
Born in New York City, Ira Korman now lives and works in Los Angeles. His formal training includes a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Korman's work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Providence, Munich and Innsbruck at venues including; the de Young Museum in San Francisco, The Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY, The Long Beach Museum in Long Beach, CA, the Frye Art Museum in Seattle WA, and the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, AR.
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