Wadi Salib- Double Doors, 2014

  • archival ink jet print, lace, pigment, acrylic and cement on canvas and fabric
  • 105 x 180 cm
Wadi Salib- Double Doors

NEGATIVE of Wadi Salib- Double Doors, 2014

  • pencil on paper
  • 120 x 190 cm
NEGATIVE of Wadi Salib- Double Doors

Wadi Salib- Home with 8 Windows (Kanafani's House on Bourj Street), 2015

  • archival ink jet print, lace, pigment, acrylic and cement on canvas
  • 105 x 210 cm
Wadi Salib- Home with 8 Windows (Kanafani's House on Bourj Street)

NEGATIVE of Wadi Salib- Home with 8 Windows (Kanafani's House on Bourj Street), 2015

  • pencil on paper
  • 120 x 222 cm
NEGATIVE of Wadi Salib- Home with 8 Windows (Kanafani's House on Bourj Street)

Wadi Salib- Mirror Bed, 2014

  • archival ink jet print, lace and cement on fabric and canvas
  • 105 x 180 cm
Wadi Salib- Mirror Bed

WS- Door, Window and Watermelon Box, 2015

  • archival ink jet print, lace, acrylic, and cement on canvas
  • 105 x 127 cm
WS- Door, Window and Watermelon Box

NEGATIVE - WS- Door, Window and Watermelon Box, 2015

  • pencil on paper
  • 120 x 142 cm
NEGATIVE - WS- Door, Window and Watermelon Box

Wadi Salib (from memory)- Blue Window with Shades, 2014

  • pigment, lace, cement and fabric
  • 120 x 150 cm
Wadi Salib (from memory)- Blue Window with Shades

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion XIII (bathroom), 2012, 30.5 x 20 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion XIII (bathroom), 2012, 30.5 x 20 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Home Invasion X (chair), 2011

Home Invasion X (chair)

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion VII (table), 2011, 63.5 x 43 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion VII (table), 2011, 63.5 x 43 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion Ruti, 2010, 71 x 38 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion Ruti, 2010, 71 x 38 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion IV (light fixture), 2011, 63.5 x 43 cm, archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion IV (light fixture), 2011, 63.5 x 43 cm, archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion I (stairs), 2012, 63.5 x 43 cm, archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Invasion I (stairs), 2012, 63.5 x 43 cm, archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Front 3b (electric box), 2012, 106.5 x 71 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Home Front 3b (electric box), 2012, 106.5 x 71 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Daliyat al-Karmel - New Home, 2012, 63.5 x 43 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Daliyat al-Karmel - New Home, 2012, 63.5 x 43 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Cast Lead B (Exploding Tank), 2012, 33 x 23 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Naomi Safran-Hon, Cast Lead B (Exploding Tank), 2012, 33 x 23 cm, ink jet print, kant en cement op canvas

Cast Lead A (Yellow Bom), 2012

  • ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas
  • 33 x 23 cm
Cast Lead A (Yellow Bom)

Absent Present- Wadi Salib 17 (Blue Wall), 2012

  • archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas and fabric
  • 138 x 167 cm
Absent Present- Wadi Salib 17 (Blue Wall)

Naomi Safran-Hon, Absent Home, Wadi Salib III, 2010

  • ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas
  • 68.5 x 35.5 cm
Naomi Safran-Hon, Absent Home, Wadi Salib III

Cast Lead F (Explosion with Palm Tree), 2012

  • archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas
  • 33 x 25.5 cm
Cast Lead F (Explosion with Palm Tree)

Cast Lead E (Girl’s feet), 2012

  • archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas
  • 33 x 23 cm
Cast Lead E (Girl’s feet)

Cast Lead D (Sidewalk Corpse), 2012

  • , archival ink jet print, lace and cement on canvas
  • 30.5 x 23 cm
Cast Lead D (Sidewalk Corpse)

Cast Lead C (Gaza Fog), 2012

  • archival ink jet print lace and cement on canvas
  • 30.5 x 23 cm
Cast Lead C (Gaza Fog)

Naomi Safran-Hon

Although technically Safran-Hon (1984) is a painter, her process is far from the traditional definition of the medium. First, she takes a photograph and mounts it on canvas, after which she paints on and cuts holes in it. She then stretches lace along the back of the canvas and pushes cement through it. “I think of my lace as my brush and my color palette,” she explains. “It’s not only the color but also the pattern which determines the shape of the cement that I push through the back of the canvas.”

The contrasts between cement and lace and between the paintings and the photographs evoke a sense of displacement. In many of the pieces, an abandoned and dilapidated house sits with layers of paint peeling off. The inside of the building is filled with trash and rocks that cover the floor. Human figures seldom appear, and their absence adds to the feeling of a lost civilization.

Although Safran-Hon’s art is open-ended enough to invite the viewer to tap into his own past and history, for her, the pieces express a personal realization of how much she is defined by her home and her criticisms of its politics.

Curriculum Vitae:

Naomi Safran-Hon (Cambrigde, England, 1984)

Education:

2012 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2008 – 2010 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2004 – 2008 BA, Summa Cum Laude, Studio Art (highest honors), Art History, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Teaching Experience:

2015 Visiting Critic, Haverford College, Haverford, PA Intermediate Drawing Class, P.I Art Center, New York, NY
2013 Art Burst: Making Art in The Metropolis, The City as Muse/um, Council of American Jewish Museums,
2013 Annual Conference, New York, NY 2012 Artist Talk, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Camden, NJ
2011 Final Review Visiting Critic Digital Video, Yale University, New Haven, CT Art in Action, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
2010 Introduction to Digital Video, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
2009 Studio Painting II, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

Solo Exhibition:

2016 Upcoming: Silber and Rosenberg Art Galleries, Baltimore, Maryland
2015 Painting From Memory, VOLTA NY, New York, NY
2014 Hard Times: Painting, Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Salmat Beton va-Melet: Gown of Conceter and Cement, Chase Family Gallery, Zachs Campus, West Hartford, CT Makom: Chronicle of Absentees, Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Wadi Salib, VOLTA NY, New York, NY
2012 Defensive Shield, International Museum of Contemporary Culture, New York, NY
2011 Absent Present, Slag Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Shared Future? Brandeis Vision of Coexistence in Palestine and Israel, Shapiro Campus Center Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2006 Without a Face, Pardes Gallery, Haifa, Israel 2

Group Exhibition:

2015 Upcoming: Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Delaware Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Kingston, NY Human Territory, Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Out of Sight, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
2014 Faux Sho, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY In Between, Kleindenast Gallery, Koln, Germany New Visions: Crown Heights Artists, FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Burcennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY
2013 You Are My Sunshine, Associated Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Fragile Territories, LaunchPad, Brooklyn, NY Group Dynamics, Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands A Discourse On Plants, RH Gallery, New York, NY Temporal Strata, VOLTA Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2012 GO, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY Two Times Gray, Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Ornament and Narrative, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Camden, NJ Project 0012, Journeys End, Cape Elizabeth, ME Centaurs & Satyrs, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY Contentious Conundrums, Macy Art Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY The Inaugural Artist Members Show, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA Lost and Found, Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures, The Museum of New Art Detroit, PASSENGER Project Space, Starkweather Gallery, Detroit, MI
2011 Home Invasion, Second Guest Bedroom Project, New York, NY Status! Status! Status! Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY Broken Homes, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY Artis, NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL Fluidity, Layering, Veiling, Sacred Heart University’s Gallery of Contemporary Art, Fairfield, CT Buy What You Love, Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY Fresh Paint, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2010 Videorover, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY Girls Just Want to Have Funds, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY Evocatecture, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA Unhinged, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA Handheld History, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY Forest of the Trees, Heather James Fine Art, Jackson, WY 3 Time After Time, Actions and Interactions, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA Uncommon Commencement, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA Pattern of Invasion, The LABA Gallery, 14th Street Y, New York, NY MFA Thesis Show, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2009 MFA First Year Show, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2008 A Friend Indeed: Contemporary Art and the Academy, Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, Washington DC Inside Out, Brandeis Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Art, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Healing, Community and Transformation: Students Visions from Johannesburg, Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2007 The Rear, Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art 2007, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel Desert Generation, the Artists’ House, Jerusalem and in Ha’Kibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel Prospect St. Studio – Portrait, Brandeis Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Art, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2006 Can you hear what I see? Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa Freshman Index (Women), Brandeis Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Art, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2003 Young artist award exhibition, Hecht Museum, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel

Awards and Honors:

2010 Blanksteen Curatorial Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2009 Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Traveling Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2008 Paul Caine Memorial Award, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Susan Mae Green Award, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Ellen (Ilana) Raskin ’75 Memorial Award, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Phi Beta Kappa, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Slifka Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2007 Remis Award in Creative Arts, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Gertrude Carnovsky Prize in Creative Arts, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2006 Ethic Center Student Fellowship, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2004 Slifka Coexistence Scholarship to study at Brandeis University
2003 Graduating with Honors, WIZO – High School for the Arts Young artist award, Hecht Museum, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel 4

Publications and Press:

2015 Frizzell D. “People, Places, Things Tracing Trauma” Depart (Bangladesh) V. 6, Issue 18 (January-June 2015): 88-93.
2014 Rubensteen A. “An Israeli Artist’s Abandoned Spaces” Forward (September 22, 2014) http://blogs.forward.com/the-artysemite/206106/an-israeli-artists-abandoned-spaces/
2013 Zemel C. “Fixing Memory: Naomi Safran-Hon’s Photo-Album Traveling Between Exile and Return.” Images, 6 (November 2013): 87-88. Safran-Hon, N. “Traveling Between Exile and Return.” Images, 6 (November 2013): 89-110. Shemesh, Y. “Omaniot B’conflict.” (Heb: Artists in Conflict) Yediot America (July 18, 2013) Alexander, N. “Mevakshot Et Ezerat Hazibur.” (Heb: Asking for Public Help) Ha’aretz (February 24, 2013) Haller, V. “Brooklyn Museum Test A Democratic Model.” The Wall Street Journal (February 6, 2013) Hooft van Huysduynen, C. “Rendering Politics in Cement and Lace.” Hyperallergic (March 8, 2013) http://hyperallergic.com/66626/rendering-politics-in-cement-and-lace/ Hooft van Huysduynen, C. “Cement and Lace Paintings Uncover Political Conflicts.” Salon (March 9, 2013) this article originally appeared on Hyperallergic. http://www.salon.com/2013/03/09/when_cement_and_lace_uncover_p olitical_conflicts_partner/ Lim, S. “Making Solid Works of Art.” The Brooklyn Paper (February 7, 2013) Mindell C. “The Zionist Dream as Art: An Israeli artist uses an eclectic mix of materials to explore the landscape of her youth.” Connecticut Jewish Ledger (February 8, 2013) Olsen, C. “A Portrait of Three Artists: Naomi Safran-Hon.” The Crown Current. World Press (February 24, 2013) http://crowncurrent.com/2013/02/24/a-portrait-of-three-artists-naomisafran-hon/ Schwendener, M. “Crowdsourced Exhibition Looks Kinds of Familiar.” The New York Times (January 2, 2013)
2012 Editors. “Broken Homes.” The New Yorker (January 23, 2012) Shemesh, Y. “Dochefet Habeton.” (Heb: The Cement Pusher) Yediot America (December 27, 2012)
2011 Ayers, R. “Naomi Safran-Hon.”, ART News (May 2011) Holland, C. “Naomi Safran-Hon: Cement, Israel, Palestine, and Paintings.” Dis/patches. Tumblr (23 Sept. 2011) . 5 Sutton, B. “Broken Homes Brings Down the House.” The L Magazine (January 2012)
2010 Cannon, K.“Naomi Safran-Hon: Rebuilding History.” Dimensions Art Journal 09 (1), Yale University, New Haven (2010):18-25
2008 Safran-Hon, N. Shared Future? Brandeis Vision of Coexistence in Palestine and Israel. Pardes Publishing house, Haifa (2008) 2004 Matalon, T. “My Draft Resistance.” Bridges 10 (1), Ann Arbor (2004): 52

Collections:

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
John H. Friedman, New York, NY
Collection of Timothy Hunt, Andy Warhol Collection, New York, NY
Collection of Jehuda Reinharz, President Emeritus of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, NY
Jimenez-Colon Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Philip Chambon, Chairman of the Board of Nx Medical, Inc., New York, NY

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