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Holding, ink on tracing paper, 1995

A series of drawing on tracing paper about the collision of Jewish ephemeral culture that itself becomes ephemeral in the collision with commercial culture. Most of these works were done in Kraków, Poland during a year that I spent studying art and visual culture on a Fulbright Fellowship. It was an extraordinary year as an artist, not least because of the sheer volume of historical and historicized imagery and other material available to me in my travels throughout Eastern Europe. These drawings are done on tracing paper, a kind of skin upon which I could draw. Each of these traces reflect a kind of emerging language that presents a field of vision when Yiddish culture in the form of newspaper cartoons collided with a broader commercial culture, which in turn led to the former’s literal demise. These works mark an end of social innocence.

drawing on tracing paper

1938, ink on tracing paper, 1995

drawing on tracing paper

Kogut, ink on tracing paper, 1995

drawing on tracing paper

G-d, ink on tracing paper, 1995

drawing on tracing paper

A—Z, ink on tracing paper, 1995

drawing on tracing paper

Okrąg, ink on tracing paper, 1995

drawing on tracing paper

Andy Boy, ink on tracing paper, 1995