Shalom Neuman – Toxic Paradise / Amerika

Reception : Thursday, January 10, 2008, 6 PM – 8:30 PM
Dates : January 10 – April 10, 2008

FusionArts Museum is pleased to present Toxic Paradise and Amerika, two solo exhibitions of work by multidisciplinary artist Shalom Neuman.

Before Al Gore’s academy award winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” about the detrimental effects of pollution there was Shalom Neuman’s darkly compelling, eerily prescient Surreal series Toxic Paradise. Created during the years 1987 – 1991 these large sculptural paintings depicting man’s inhumanity to Planet Earth are particularly relevant to today’s times in light of the new momentum gained by the ever growing Green Movement. This timely series of oil paintings on plywood, all of which use found objects, artificial lighting effects and sound tracks will be presented with an installation in the main gallery.

Shalom Neuman AmerikaThe title of Shalom’s Amerika is a nod to Amerika, the early unfinished novel by Franz Kafka. This series of faces, described by international art critic and lecturer Robert Morgan as “… less portraits than archetypes – composites of much of the weirdness that the artist encounters in human beings who hang-out around the vicinity of his studio in Brooklyn” are created from modeling paste, acrylic paint and found objects surrounded by little plastic figures. There is the added dimension of sound in this series as each piece has a set of sound chips, giving each “Amerikan” a voice of his or her own. Amerika will be on exhibit in Gallery B.