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Published on Nov 30, 2015
As James Kalm circulates through the various levels and enclaves of the New York scene, he's exposed to artifacts too numerous to count. Occasionally, from the most unexpected sources, he bumps into work that catches his eye and stimulates his imagination. Having seen, and been impressed with the work of Ana Weider-Blank a few years ago, it was a pleasure to meet and chat with the artist as she accompanies viewers through her latest show "Strange Friends". Basing her compositions on classic "protofeminist" icons and legends like Lilith, La Loba and Leda and the Swan, Weider-Blank paints her earthy figures in an urgent and materialist technique that recalls both German Expressionism, and underground comix. By employing cut-away sections of the canvas, the artist references the slashed paintings of Lucio Fontana, and exposes the stretchers, providing viewers with the substantial fact of a painting's structure. Also included in the exhibition are a group of painted and glazed ceramic sculpture, presented on painted plinths.