Shalom Neuman – Selected Works

Jan 30 – Apr 25, 2010

FusionArts Museum is proud to present a solo exhibit of selected works by New York fusion artist Shalom Neuman. The work spans the years 1966 through January, 2010 and is meant to be a very brief overview of a career that spans more than 40 years.

Shalom Neuman selected worksCalled an “unprecedented phenomenon” by distinguished art critic Donald Kuspit, Ph.D., Shalom pursued and accomplished a methodology for the seamless integration or “fusion” of all artistic disciplines long before there was any interest in creating art that was both multi disciplinary and multi sensory.

The artist sees his work as a language which speaks directly to American culture with its chaos, conflict, waste and utter confusion. The addition of erratic audio and garish incandescent light adds to the overall mayhem of the art. The totality of these pieces – their conceptual message, the materials used and the methodology – speaks to the reality of our world as we know it and experience it. This truly is significant contemporary art for our troubled times.

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.