NAOMI GROSSMAN

Women in all their complexity- floating, dreaming, holding on, wanting, needing, falling- revealing both their strength and vulnerability in an increasingly complex world.

My wire sculptures reference the female form and function as drawings as well. Wire magically becomes line in space, changing in character and becoming messages from within. The wire functions to create a tension- as in the expression “wired”- while also conveying both strength and fragility. The sculptures are delicate and have words embedding in their “skin”. These words give the viewer the sense of eavesdropping on someone’s secret obsessive thoughts.

My work brings up issues of aging, loss, displacement, isolation, insecurity and the desire for connection and love.

My mixed media drawings use various media sometimes incorporating words as well to portray the human condition.

IPad drawings –Track Time series-For the last two years I’ve been drawing on an iPad using my finger to capture glimpses of my fellow riders during my commute to my studio.  I spend 3 to 15 minutes per drawing, catching a gesture, as people read, text, talk, sleep, stand in the train, sit in a waiting room, stand on a station platform.    The drawings offer meditative moments, sometimes the body language revealing the weight of the day on the trip home.  What started as an exercise has become much more.  My workday starts as I get on the train, and an hour later when I get to my studio, I am energized and excited by what has been captured.

 
SEATED FIGURE

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Naomi Grossman was born in Brooklyn and works in Long Island City, NY.  She attended Queens College (BA) and New York University (MA).

One-person shows include Art of the Five- Queens Select-Invitational at the interchurch Center, NYC, Sometimes Beautiful– catalogue- Castellani Art Gallery, Niagara University, Writing the Body at the Queens College Art Center, Body Language– one-person exhibit and visiting artist at the Freyberger Museum, Penn State University and a show and a visiting artist at the Phillips Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, PA. Grossman has shown in many group exhibitions, including  Linear Expressions at the Patchogue Arts Gallery, a three person invitation, Text, an invitational at the Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Art of the Five- Queens Select– Invitational-Interchurch Center, NYC, Lifelines, at the Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY, DUMBO Festival 2010, the Patchogue Biennial, the Zimmerli Art Museum (Rutgers University), UBS Gallery (NYC), the Theresa Mahoney Gallery, and WIRED at the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, NYC.

Grossman has produced site-specific installations in gallery settings. Recent residencies include the Ragdale Foundation and the Hambidge Center for the Arts.  Her awards include best in show at the Parrish Art Museum, MARK Grant and numerous SOS grants from NYFA.  She was s a One-on-One Consultant for NYFA.   Grossman’s work is in numerous permanent public and private collections.