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Maiman, Ohad

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Jones Beach Killers
Photography, Other




I have used a camera as a means to write my diary for as long as i can remember. However it was during my 3 year service in the military that i realized it had a deeper purpose- it was my way of making sense of the world. Soon after the army i set on a 6 month backpacking trip across the far east and bought my first Canon EOS5 35mm; the Mamiya Medium Format joined a few years later and are with me wherever i go. (still stuck on slide film) Landing in NY in '99, i switched my major at Columbia University from Economics to a Visual Arts and Philosophy double major. have been shooting and writing in NYC ever since. During my travels it became clear how widely different ways of life and means of happiness can there be across different paths we choose and convictions we subscribe to- that notion led to my book 'Theory of Wants', subsequently published by Damiani in '08. In my recent work, i have been attempting to find more subtle universal common denominators- detached from a specific time and place, and flirting with freedom, longing, and mostly the complexity of 2 and 3 dimensional emotional landscapes- where someone happy must have known sadness, where someone confident shows a glimpse of awareness of their own insecurities. I like to think of it as a state of balance. The recent series explores what happens when a new set of questions appears. 2 Klicks South of Wonderland [the Chronicles of Snow White & the Teddybear Killers] Wonderland is not a place you can pin down on a map. It tends to shift a few miles whenever you think you've reached it. It's a place none of us inhabit constantly, but some of us constantly seek. It's more of an idea than a place; yet the mere act of searching for it ought to keep our sights set in the right direction. It takes marching to your own drumbeat. Show review by the Richard Young Gallery: Maiman’s work explores universal emotive commonalities within the human condition. These emotions cross geographic and generational boundaries, and are manifested on faces and in body language of people around the world. Maiman’s work also investigates the temporal and discordant nature of emotion, for someone who is happy, also knows sadness. 2 Klicks South Of Wonderland explores human desires, particularly the desire to reach the unattainable, which Maiman has titled ‘Wonderland’. Maiman comments; “Wonderland is not a place you can pin down on a map. It tends to shift a few miles whenever you think you’ve reached it. It’s a place none of us inhabit constantly, but some of us constantly seek. It’s more of an idea than a place; yet the mere act of searching for it ought to keep our sights set in the right direction. It takes marching to your own drumbeat.” The postmodern dreamers that Maiman depicts searching for Wonderland, are nomadic traveller, devoid of any signifiers of time or nationality, therefore linking them only to the human race as a whole. Echoing a long romantic tradition of seekers, these wanderers are following in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde, Jack Kerouac, and Jim Morrison. The photographs on display are giclée prints on cold press natural fibre paper, mounted on birch wooden boxes and covered with epoxy resin. This complex production process attributes unique qualities to each image while also revealing ‘the hand of the artist’. Born in Israel, Maiman served three years in the army before majoring in Visual Arts and Philosophy at Columbia University in New York. He has traveled extensively in the Far East and South America, where his interest in diverse cultures, ways of life and means of happiness was piqued. Ohad Maiman currently lives and works in New York City. A catalogue is available to accompany the exhibition.

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Jones Beach Killers


30 x 45 in.


Photography, Other



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Recurring Dream


16 x 20 in.


Photography, Ink on Paper, Oil on Wood



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Arctic


12 x 18 in.


Photography, Other



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Night Light


16 x 20 in.


Photography



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The Teddybear Killers


16 x 20 in.


Photography, Mixed Media



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Dance


44 x 60 in.


Photography, Other



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Can i get some attention please?


30 x 40 in.


Photography, Oil on Wood



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Wonderland West


16 x 20 in.


Photography, Other



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Dark Beach


30 x 40 in.


Photography, Ink on Paper, Oil on Wood


     
       

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