Linden New Art is thrilled to present the new exhibition Genaivisheh Shtiklech (Tricky Pieces) by Melbourne-based artist Nicole Newman. The exhibition will take place at Tasma Terrace in East Melbourne from Friday 23 February until Friday 9 March 2018.
Linden New Art is proud to collaborate with the National Trust Australia to present this exhibition at Tasma Terrace, while their St Kilda home undergoes exciting renovations due to be completed in mid-2018.
Genaivisheh Shtiklech (Tricky Pieces) is a series of sixteen exquisite small-scale sculptures made in Perspex, silver and resin, which represent a culmination and refinement of the artist’s broad skill-range.
The works are engraved with Yiddish phrases and feature silver sculptures of insects, fish and flora. They contain repurposed and sculpted silverware with resin casts of the artist’s fingers. The Yiddish phrases are rich in metaphor and often dark in humour.
Nicole Newman said: “These latest sculptures are a nod to ‘objects of virtue’ – small precious items in decorative boxes. There is a twist here in that they appear, at first glance, to be typical representations of objects but on further inspection there are oddities, strange combinations and text which sometimes bear no relation to the object, but can be viewed as an integral element of the design.”
The Yiddish language, a blend of Hebrew and German, originated in Eastern Europe and is an important part of Newman’s practice, personal history and cultural background. Since 1999, all of Newman’s solo exhibitions have born Yiddish titles. To the artist, Yiddish holds a sense of nostalgia as it was the language that was spoken in her family home as she was growing up. It serves as a reference to her own history without being too personal.
Untitled 11 (2015, pictured) carries the phrase A sach mentshen zehen, nor vainik fun zai farshtaien meaning ‘many people see, but only a few understand’. Curator Juliette Hanson explains “this is a particularly apt description of Newman’s enigmatic new work. As a comment on the nature of human knowledge, this phrase points to the limitations of what vision can bestow. Newman’s works give priority to the cerebral, to imagination and to creativity in further knowing oneself and in understanding the world around us.”
Nicole Newman, Genaivisheh Shtiklech (Tricky Pieces)
Tasma Terrace, 6 Parliament Place, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Open: Friday 23 February
Closes: Friday 9 March