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About Noam Rappaport

Born: 1974, Sweden

Lives and works in New York

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Noam Rappaport

Practice: sculpture / painting

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 After several years spent hovering on the edge of wider recognition, subtle changes in Rappaport's practice and well received shows (most notably at New York's White Columns gallery in 2010) have earned him well-deserved plaudits and greater visibility.

Rappaport's unframed, wall-based works in particular achieve an almost nonchalant elegance, with the primary materials of painting - canvas, wooden struts - flattened out into sculptural forms that chime well with recent focus on 'the painting' as a fertile arena for literal deconstruction.

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Artist's statement:

Informed by a painter's practice, my work adapts and re-organizes elements found in the studio: delicate, bent frameworks partially covered by sagging canvas; wall and floor sculptures using painters' stretcher bars, electrical components and light sources; studio debris and found objects assembled onto simply made panels; bulging and loose, multi-layered canvases with gestural mark making; as well as more conventionally painted works on slipshod and puckered surfaces. Most of the work is informed by formal concerns typically associated with minimalism and abstract expressionism.

As different series of works are underway at the same time, they cohere and diverge at multiple points. A failed intention or cluster of remnants from one work can become the starting point of another.

The work resides between established categories such as painting/sculpture, collage/drawing, finished/unfinished. Operating at the borders of these terms, it celebrates ambiguity and at the same time seeks to create a resonant and perhaps, poetic object or form. Familiar elements become foreign and are read disjunctively by the nature of context, as in a compilation of disparate sentences where words with seemingly obvious meanings are evasive. This sort of pause in recognition keeps the work open ended in that it both acknowledges and incorporates these systems and at the same time undermines them by drifting toward other formats.

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