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Uzi Silber

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48" x 36", acrylic on canvas (2010)
72" x 48", acrylic on canvas (2010)
72" x 48", acrylic on canvas (2010)
60" x 48", acrylic on canvas (2010)
48" x 60", acrylic on canvas (2010)
Artist's Statement

'Mann trakht und Gott Lakht’: Man plans and God laughs. This Yiddish expression and Ecclesiastical worldview animates my work: today's garbage dump is tomorrow's archeological excavation; all of civilization’s creations, inventions and ideas past and future, from mighty edifices and images to coins and books, are doomed to oblivion from the moment they're made. Even artifacts that manage to survive the ages teeter on disintegration’s edge. Rummaging through history’s dumpster for the forgotten yet unforgettable, I seek to resuscitate and integrate what I've found in a new yet timeless context as whimsical as it is serious: Canaanite deities perched along the Pulaski Skyway; a pop duo and an old Freemason symbol share a ghostly procession; a medieval etching emerges alongside a tattered Vegas go-go matchbook -- all reborn in my paintings to be viewed by a world just as fleeting as the ones these relics once inhabited.


December 1993: Baruch Gallery, New York - solo show

November 1997: Westbeth Gallery, New York - group show

Family issues required my departure from the art world in 1997. I have now returned with a show on the Lower East Side scheduled for later in 2011. I trust that the years spent away 'in the wilderness' have enabled me to see and understand more and have perhaps even made me a better painter.