' Deborah G. Nehmad - Kim Foster Gallery
Deborah G. Nehmad
wasted
April 09 - May 09, 2015

Press Release

WASTED, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI (Jan 29 – May 8, 2016)

We are pleased to exhibit “Wasted” works on paper by Deborah G Nehmad. This is her first solo exhibition at the Kim Foster Gallery. While visually stunning from a distance, the work addresses the issue of gun violence in America. Nehmad incorporates repetitive mark making to translate visually what cannot be adequately conveyed through the abstraction of the written language.

Nehmad’s drawing series “wasted” gradually reveals that nothing has changed in terms of gun violence in the US over the past decade. The burned holes in “wasted” and “wasted (ii)” represent the number of children and adults killed by guns in 2003 (left panel), 2004 (center panel) and 2005 (right panel). “Wasted (iii)” represents annual average gun fatalities for the period 2009 – 2013. The stitched red crosses represent homicides, the black x’s suicides and the burned holes left bare are accidents or of unknown intent. Casualties by police intervention are stitched over in red and black. The composition is configured from blood splatter patterns.

Using woodblocks that were burned during the process of creating the “wasted” pieces, Nehmad inked and rubbed the surface of the blocks to develop a series of unique printed works titled “black and blue.” The entire constellation of blue dots represents many of the victims throughout the last decade caught in the crosshairs of gun violence.

While all artists want their work to be discussed, Nehmad has an even greater mission – the possibility that viewers will talk about the issues involved.

Nehmad is a Honolulu-based artist. After years as a practicing attorney and working in politics, she chose a new path and earned an MFA in printmaking. Nehmad has participated in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions. Her work can be found in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Yale University Art Gallery, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, Smith College Museum of Art, Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, the Hammer Museum of UCLA, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawaii State Art Museum.


Past Exhibitions

Biography
EDUCATION:
1993 –1998   University of Hawaii at Manoa (MFA in Printmaking)
1978 –1982   Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (J.D.)
1970 –1974    Smith College, Northampton, MA (B.A. in Government)
 
 
ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
2016 WASTED, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
2015 WASTED, Kim Foster Gallery, NY
2013 A Common Sense, Gallery at Ward Center, Honolulu, HI
2006 iterations, Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2006 Drawn Glass, Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, HI
2005  Variations on a Meditation, Academy Art Center, Honolulu, HI
2000 Marking Time, Academy Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts, HI
2000 Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
1998 10,000, University of Hawai’i Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI
 
 
SPECIAL AWARDS:
2011 Hawaii STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS Purchase Award
2008 Hawai’i STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS (SFCA) Individual Artist Fellowship
2007 SFCA Purchase Award
2003 SFCA Purchase Award
2003 Gift Print Artist – Honolulu Printmakers
2002 Purchase by The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco for the Achenbach Collection with funds provided by the Wallace Alexander GERBODE Foundation
2002 Purchase by The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI with funds provided by the Wallace Alexander GERBODE Foundation
2002 Hawai’i SFCA Purchase Awards
2001 Hawai’i SFCA Purchase Award
2000 Hawai’i SFCA Purchase Award
1999 Hawai’i SFCA Purchase Award
 
 
 
INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2014   Joomchi and Beyond, Jeju, Korea
2014   Works on Paper, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
2014   Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, Anderson Gallery at University at Buffalo, New York
2013   Finding X, Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, Honolulu, HI
2012   Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists,. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2012   International Joomchi and Beyond, Atrium Gallery, Providence, RI and Warwick  Museum of Art, Warwick, RI                       
2012   Hawaii Art Now, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
2011   accession: Recent Acquisitions from the Art in Public Places Collection, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2011    Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, University of Richmond, VA
2011   In the News, The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI
2011   Drawn, Taped/ Burned: Abstraction on Paper, Katonah Art Museum, Katonah, NY
2010-11 Group exhibition of Awardees of SFCA Visual Arts Fellowships at Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2009  New York: Recent Avant-Gardes on Paper, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain
2008 Benchmark, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2007  uncommon objects, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2006 Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI
2006 Hey-li Printmedia Festival-from paper to digital, Sung Shin Women’s University. Seoul, Korea
2006  West Toward the East: Contemporary Art from the Pacific Rim, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
2006 Artists of Hawaii Revisited: Selected Acquisitions 1997–2005, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
2006 Honolulu Academy of Arts Showcase Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
2004 – 5 Proof Positive: New Prints from the Hui, Hui Noeau, Makawao, HI
2003 – 4 Fine Lines: from the collection of Wynn Kramarsky; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
2003  The Contemporary Museum’s Sixth Annual Biennial Exhibition of
2003   In the Making: Contemporary Drawings from a Private Collection,
2003   Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA  
2002 -3  Inaugural exhibition, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI                
2002 Miniature Exhibition, Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2002 Honolulu Printmakers 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Honolulu Academy of Arts,
2002 Honolulu Academy of Arts Showcase Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
2001 Miniature Exhibition, Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2001 Quality Hearts, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2001 Honolulu Academy of Arts Showcase Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
2001 Time After Time, Gallery at Ward Center, Honolulu, HI
2000 Stretching the Point, University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2000  Works on Paper, The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, HI
2000 7th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, traveling international exhibition
2000 Honolulu Academy of Arts Showcase Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
1999  Closing the Door: Mixed Media Exhibit, Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI
1998  Image and the Word, Iolani Gallery, Honolulu, HI
 
 
 
 SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
2009     comPress, The ARTS at Marks garage, Honolulu, HI
2008     kites, kites, kites, Hui Noeau, Makawao, HI
2006     War/Peace, Balcony Gallery, Kailua, HI
2005     Critique Group: 10 Years Later, Balcony Gallery, Kailua, HI
2005     Berkeley Art Center Assoc.’s 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
2004     “art on paper,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
2002    Common Sense, organized by the Honolulu Printmakers, exhibited at the Academy Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts and The Contemporary Museum Café, Honolulu, HI
2001    Through the Window, organized by the Honolulu Printmakers, exhibited at the Academy Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts
1999    Connective, Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, HI
1999    Birthmarks, Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, HI
 
 
 
COLLLECTIONS:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Achenbach Collection, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu, HI
Hawai’i State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
Yale University Gallery of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Pacific University, Forest Grove. OR
Private and Corporate Collections, including Werner Kramarsky, New York, NY
Four Seasons Hotel, Wailea Maui
 
 
 
 
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
FLUX Magazine, Spring 2011
New York Times, Sunday, February 20, 2011
Hawaiian Modern Luxury, Winter 2010
The Honolulu Advertiser, February 1, 2010
The Honolulu Advertiser, November 8, 2009
The Honolulu Weekly, November 4 – 10, 2009
The Honolulu Advertiser, February 15, 2009
Hawaiian Style Magazine, January – March 2009
ABCD, March 14 – 20, 2009 (weekly arts insert to ABC, daily Spanish newspaper)
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Newsletter, Spring 2008
Honolulu Star Bulletin, October 29, 2006
The Honolulu Advertiser, October 22, 2006
Maui News, July 2, 2006
Honolulu Star Bulletin, September 11, 2005
Artweek, May 2005
The Honolulu Advertiser, March 13, 2005
Calendar News, Honolulu Academy of Arts, January – February, 2005
The Honolulu Advertiser, April 4, 2004
Santa Barbara News-Press, artsScene, December 5-11, 2003
The Honolulu Advertiser, July 27, 2003
The Contemporary Museum News, Summer 2003
Hana Hou!, The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, February/March 2003
Contemporary Impressions, Journal of the American Print Alliance, March 2003
Honolulu Star Bulletin, March 16, 2003,
Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Honolulu Advertiser, April 28, 2002
The Honolulu Advertiser, October 14, 2001
The Honolulu Advertiser, July 1, 2001
The Austin Chronicle, November 26, 2000
The Honolulu Advertiser, September 17, 2000
Calendar News, Honolulu Academy of Arts, September-October, 2000
The Honolulu Advertiser, September 3, 2000
The Honolulu Weekly, August 31– September 5, 2000
The Contemporary Museum News: Summer 2000
The Contemporary Museum News: Spring 2000
Artweek, May 2000, pp 24-25
Ka Leo Hawai’i, January 13, 1998
 
PUBLICATIONS:
Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, on-line catalogue for exhibition at Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 2012
Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, on-line catalogue for exhibition at University of Richmond Art Museum, 2011
Drawn, Taped/ Burned: Abstraction on Paper, on-line catalogue for exhibition at Katonah Art Museum, 2011
New York New Drawings 1946-2007, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain, 2009
560 Broadway: A New York Drawing Collection at Work, 1991-2006, Yale University Press, 2008
Int’l Print Network by Korean Contemporary Printmakers Association in HEYRI, Hawai’i, Australia, 2006
“art on paper” 2004; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
New Prints 2004/Spring, ICPNY Curatorial Statement by Barry Walker
Fine Lines: from the collection of Wynn Kramarsky; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum,
Santa Barbara, CA, 2003
The Contemporary Museum VI Biennial of Hawaii Artists, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003
Honolulu Printmakers 75th Anniversary: A Tradition of Gift Prints, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2003
In the Making: Contemporary Drawings from a Private Collection, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2003
7th Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Press, 2000