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"Rick Finkelstein: Without Wings, New Drawings and Animation"
2004-11-10 until 2004-11-24
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
DFN Gallery is pleased to present Rick Finkelstein’s exhibition of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings, and his animated short film, “Without Wings.” This film explores the relationship between the artist’s need to create, the process of creation, and the need to revisit past traumatic experiences. Once a drawing is completed, it is photographed and then reworked, with no trace of the original drawing except the filmed record. These drawings are Finkelstein’s tangible representations of what Freud called “the repetition compulsion” - the continuous process of working and reworking traumatic material.
The film’s animation consists of single drawings sequentially drawn and erased, and includes childlike cutouts moving against a static backdrop. Each drawing represents a distilled moment in the animated story, and together they allow the dream-like narrative to evolve.
In the title drawing, “Without Wings,” a lone figure on a bridge jumps, and then falls, perhaps believing that he is flying. In Collister Street,” an abandoned building looms at the end of a desolate alley. In “Train,” a crowd of people mill around a railroad station as relatives, friends, and neighbors are removed from an unnamed European city. Other drawings include an artist overseeing the creation of his film; a man awakened by a telephone caller bearing bad news; and a mob gathering enthusiastically to witness another person’s trauma.
Rick Finkelstein has been drawing and painting for several years following a career as a public interest and criminal trial lawyer and as an Assistant Professor at New York University Law School. His work has been exhibited at DFN Gallery and at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, Parkers Box in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and at the Inquiring Mind Gallery in Saugerties, New York.
Without Wings, 2004
charcoal on paper
40 x 50 in.