In the area of Gramercy Park, AF came to a gem of an art gallery that featured the Moroccan born artist, Miriam Cabessa foran*thro*pom*e*try. And boy did she make quite the impression, which was bold and personal.
The subdued black and white works on wood panel bore the impressions of favorite meaningful objects like books, letters, magazines, and mailing envelopes. Drenched in white paint and exerted pressure to leave wispy traces or ethereal ghostly images on the black base, Cabessa makes unique marks and some details like handwritten words appear. The negative and positive spaces can elicit an X-ray image but that is appropriate as the resulting pictures reveal an interior layer that is more emotional in interpretation. When the impressions are so clear, was she upset or filled with so much verve that she pressed down hard? With the more delicate ones, did she deftly apply pressure as she felt more subdued? The abstract impressions invited more investigation and introspection that was a bonus for the viewer.
Not everything was the somber black and white as there were works on canvas that had brilliant hues and the impressed on outline of squares recall the color fields and portals of Mark Rothko or the colorist Ad Reinhardt with the layered monochromatic plane exuding an electric sphere of a world existing within the quadrant. Cabessa gives us an entry into her world where the investment in quite emotional as all the objects she used to make marks is close to her heart. The choice to douse those items in paint was a heart wrenching choice but to create meaningful art an artist must sacrifice for the greater aim. That aim is to convey a personal message that can provoke something in the mind or heart of the art viewer.
The title of her show pertains to the term Yves Klein coined when he made his body imprinted paintings in blue. It made quite the impression and so did Cabessa with her latest show. It was distinct because of what it allowed for the viewer to develop a personal story and not to dictate what narrative it should be. Some things are best left to the impression and your own imagination.
Art Review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Art images from of Jenn Singer Gallery courtesy of the artist
Miriam Cabessa: an*thro*pom*e*try
Exhibition Dates: November 17 – December 22, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm. Appointments suggested.
Jenn Singer Gallery. 72 Irving Place. NYC, NY 10003.