Niv Rozenberg’s solo show in New Yorkby Anna Kopito | 24.07.14
Simon/Neuman2 Gallery, the six month gallery project based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn recently opened it’s fourth exhibition “Automonuments”, a solo show with New York based Israeli artist Niv Rozenberg.
Not unlike Mondrian’s statement regarding his 1942 painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie, “…destruction of natural appearance; and construction through continuous opposition of pure means – dynamic rhythm.” The photographic images Niv Rozenberg creates allows us to see the urban environment through a new perspective. With New York City and Tel Aviv as his subjects, he “breaks the visual and spatial congestion of the city by constructing an archetypal form, isolated from function and separated from the city’s total urban structure.”
Rozenberg’s “buildings” have the distinction of being visually perfected for a world in which there are no boundaries, a world as we imagine it, if not now, then in the future? This continuation of space that suits the eye and compels the viewer to look again, just to be certain that the first impression was correct, imparts a totally realistic image while in fact being totally surrealistic.
Throughout the four exhibitions, owner and curator Aviva Neuman has exhibited American, Scandinavian as well as Israeli artists (among those David Adika and Jan Tichy). “I’ve had the privilege of viewing many international artists portfolios based in New York as well as the opportunity to include artists whom I have admired for several years. Niv Rozenberg is such a talented artist whom I immediately thought was thought provoking and beautiful. His work is visually beautiful and deals with the idea of perfection and reality”. Although the images are taken in Tel Aviv and Manhattan many people feel as if they too have seen these perfect buildings in their own cities.
Rozenberg’s detail gives his images room for fantasy. Only after a while does one notice a piece of clothing hanging on one of the many balconies or a shift of color in the very corner of the image. These cityscapes in miniature allow the viewer to imagine the goings on behind the perfection of the facade. As if the inner workings of our personal lives are shielded by the unanimity of societal expectations and norms. The ways in which we work and live, stacked horizontally and vertically, gives way to a futuristic picture of geometry and color. Balance creates calm, and yet there is always a small element in these images that feels off. As if if lifted to allow an inside peek, a chaotic scene beneath would be observed.
Rozenberg’s photos, give us a close-up look into the parts that create the whole, that can easily be re-assigned to any modern metropolis where we all live in actuality and/or metaphorically.
“Automonuments” will be open until August 9th. Please visit their website at http://www.simonneuman2gallery.com/