Mohammed Daoudi's 'Tape-estries' Debut at Qualche Volta Gallery
Qualche Volta, the new gallery in Room 609 of the Hooker-Dunham Building at 139 Main St., makes its November Gallery Walk appearance with a show featuring the works of Mohammed Daoudi, Barbara Baker-Bury, Jill Farwell, and Simi Berman.
MOHAMMED DAOUDI's works, which he refers to as 'Tape-estries,' are inspired by his place of origin, Tangier, Morocco: "From the public bread oven to the woodcarvers, the workers in my old neighborhood seemed to take something simple and make it richer and more pleasing ... with tools that seemed homemade and improvised."
In Daoudi's case, he deconstructs pigment from the ink on newspapers and reconstructs it into new images. "By going through hundreds of pages of The New York Times, I discover shapes and colors for whom, with the help of Scotch tape, I find a new home and purpose on a new surface. It's a simple technique which, once you get used to it, can be lots of fun and very versatile."
"The Times is the best newspaper to use," he explains, "because it is printed in a way that makes the ink pigment easily liftable from the surface of the paper. By pressing the tape on the pigment a certain way, lifting it a certain way and, finally, layering the tape a certain way, it is possible to produce new shapes and colors. The semi-opaqueness and the dimensions of the tape, when layered again and again, allow me to produce an almost 'brush-stroke' effect.
"Finally, whatever the subject I may be trying to work on, this medium always seems to infuse the work with some mystery and whimsy."
Daoudi's work shares gallery spaces with paintings by three women who have enjoyed a long association of mutual support in their artistic pursuits:
JILL FARWELL has been sorting through scraps of her life: old paintings, reviled but not completely outcast. Contemplating, cutting, and reassembling these scraps in different ways, she is finding new life and fun in what felt like failure.
BARBARA BAKER-BURY continues to explore the possibilities of pure paint which materialize into evanescent landscapes or dreamy scenes of a familiar but not quite identifiable world.
SIMI BERMAN keeps on the lookout for odd bits and pieces of the universe for her collages. Bringing together these characters, she offers them opportunities for conversation and the possibility of creating new stories. In painting, she enjoys the uncharted journey when putting brush to surface. The uncertainty of what might be revealed provides the impetus for continued exploration.
Qualche Volta -- which means "sometimes" in Italian -- will be open for Gallery Walks in November and December from 5:30 to 8:00, and Saturdays, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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