Marvin Liberman

Traces 5

Free-standing work using tree branches, cotton gauze and color.

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Dimensions : 247 cm x 55 cm x 20 cm (Height, Width, Depth)
Weight : 6 kg
Year : 2021
Material : Wood, Textile, Natural materials

Marvin Liberman

My work reaches for a combined sense of vulnerability and strength, a duality that underlies all of my art. In sculpture the core material is gauze, and of late tree branches that extend the work to the floor. This inherent fragility is intentional and serves as a metaphor for our own sense of vulnerability, both physical and emotional. This way of working evolved from my own concerns for how people suffer the consequences of trauma inflicted on them, how that thing we call ‘body’ becomes marked by such experience, and how it then carries within it the whole history of what we have lived. I work at a human scale, so that these pieces generate a physical and emotional encounter of being face to face, body to body, with one another, as if it were possible for a conversation to take place, for thoughts to be shared. For this reason, there’s a need for intimacy, so that for a few moments we can feel alone, absorbed in the presence of the ‘other’. And so they’re placed in a subdued and quiet ‘space’, lit from above, creating interplay between light and shadow, and revealing their drama. In drawing, simply graphite and pencil have been my tools, along with a variety of erasers. Muted color is just beginning to appear as well. This work touches upon the tenuous balance, or its loss, that exists and is so central to human relationships. These drawings began as a means for understanding something of the primitive origins of line and mark as they evolved into visual and written language. Out of this, personal meaning has deepened in the drawings that continue to make use of those early origins. Overall, I suppose my focus is on human nature, its vulnerabilities, its will to survive and the subconscious dramas that lie beneath our awareness of both oneself and others.

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The Tailor's Forest
a site specific work done at the Azken Muga summer arts festival in the Basque Country, northern Spain in July, 2017. Composed of tree branches, sheared wool and hemp cord.
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Natural materials
Vessel 1
Free standing work made from tree branches, tarlatan gauze with light internal structure and color.
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Mixed Media
Vessel 2
Free-standing piece made with gauze cloth, tree branches and color.
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Textile
Vessel 6
Free-standing work made from tree branches, tarlatan gauze, color.
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Textile
Vessel 3
Wall mounted work made with tarlatan gauze, light internal structure, color, small tree branches.
Marvin Liberman, Textile, Wood
Discord 10
Wall-mounted work made from tarlatan gauze, light internal structure, wood, color.
Marvin Liberman, Textile, Wood
Discord 9
Wall-mounted work made from tarlatan gauze, light internal structure, color
Marvin Liberman, Textile, Mixed Media
Murmur 21
Wall-hung work made from tarlatan gauze, light internal structure, color
Marvin Liberman, Textile, Mixed Media
Murmur 22
Wall-mounted work made of tarlatan gauze, light internal structure, color
Marvin Liberman, Textile, Mixed Media
Murmur 25
Wall-hung work made of tarlatan gauze, light internal structure, color.
Marvin Liberman, Textile, Mixed Media
Drawings
B6 Nº42; B6 Nº48, B6 Nº60, B6 Nº61, B6 Nº20 Graphite alone; graphite and pastel & conte;
Marvin Liberman, Paper
Traces 4
Free-standing work of tree branches, gauze fabric and color.
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Textile
Traces 3
Wall supported, nearly free-standing work in tree branches, gauze fabric and color
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Textile
Traces 2
Free-standing work in tree branches, gauze fabric and color 185cm x 179cm x 62cm
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Textile
Traces 1
Wall hung work in tree branches, gauze fabric and color
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Textile
Drawings
B7 Nº15, Nº7, Nº17, Nº11 Graphite/pencil/eraser
Marvin Liberman, Paper
Traces Nº 6
the work is comprised of tree branches, cotton gauze and color.
Marvin Liberman, Wood, Mixed Media
Confinement Drawings: 5 of 15 works
these are 5 of 15 drawings done during the viral confinement, from late Nov., 2020 to late May, 2021. The long and unpredictable period of confinement, fear, and having to live with an incapacity to see what the future might, or might not, hold for all of us, is something many of us may have confronted. It was as if one lived in an unending, threatening fog. And so, there was no possibility to draw anything specific, grounded or precise. The drawings I turned to could only look inward, to what for me is an internal river within all of us. Was it possible to record anything of this subconscious, fluid movement? And what meaning might come forth from it? As these works evolved, they insisted on a lack of clarity, a melding of forms, shadows and disappearance into undefinable vagueness. Form fading into atmosphere, though very much present.
Marvin Liberman
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