Errata

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Patron is proud to announce
Errata, a group exhibition highlighting works by four artists,
Nyeema Morgan, Samira Yamin, Keren Benbenisty, and Miao Wang. Borrowing an editorial
term for collected corrections or clarifications for a previously published document, the
exhibition considers how we build our identity from fragments of memory, images, and
knowledge.

Memory is always incomplete–our brains fill in gaps with fictional specifics, misremembering, torquing, and partially erasing. Any attempt to revisit the past will be colored
through the lenses of one’s current experience. Through experimental and material-based
approaches to painting, photography, and drawing, the artists in the exhibition reinforce the
power of recurrent images as constant, rich shapers of personal and social identity.

Nyeema Morgan’s
Forty-Seven Easy Poundcakes Like Grandma Use To Make
(2007-2012) is a
series of forty-seven digital drawings. Morgan searched the web for “easy poundcake
recipes” in the years after her own maternal grandmother’s passing. Finding 46 distinct,
published recipes, Morgan assembled the typed instructions for each, starting with her
grandmother’s–adding arrows and strike-throughs to indicate where each recipe diverged
from the one previously listed. As a group, the works fracture apart from the definitive recipe.
Intention, audience, and style are left to the wayside, the text divulges from its original use
and takes on new potency.

Likewise taking familial ephemera as a point of departure are Samira Yamin’s
Entrainment
Exercises
(2023), unique prints developed from a series of negatives the artist received of her
paternal grandfather, who was training as a professional gymnast in Iran during the 1950s.
Employing a self-developed, analog process by which water ripples over the images as they
are being developed. Yamin’s shifts the subject of the images from the individuals pictured to
her psychological processing of these images.Yamin’s re-engagement with the images
animates an otherwise untapped connection to her family’s past through this act of image
making, that suggests a sense of play, which belies the separation forced by time, space, and
migration.

Keren Benbenisty’s collages mimic the horticultural technique whereby cuttings taken from
different plants are joined to create a hybrid species. Drawing on a personal slide archive of
color photographs taken by her father, shortly after immigrating from Turkey to Israel in the
1960s,
Tristeza
is the result of the artist’s single-minded attempt to cultivate a blue-orange
(oranges are historically a symbol of Israel’s nationhood).
An industry historically heavily
dependent on manual labor,
including the artist’s Moroccan-born grandmother, the fruit
holds the intersection of personal and political.

Titled after the plague that struck orange
trees during 2020, and the word for “sadness” in Latin-based languages, Benbenisty’s futile
attempt at growing a surreal blue fruit unpeels a confluence of past-present-future, the
contradictions and failures which are only made visible through their erasure.
Wang’s jewel-like watercolor paintings extend the power of water, with a confrontation
between the artist’s life in Chicago (where she has been based since 2011) and her native
China.

Developed from hundreds of layers of watercolor wash, Wang’s diptych,________
(2023), offers a bodily score of her immediate surroundings in reaction to the deeply
symbolic, and political, color red. Layered on a synthetic, waterproof paper, the liquid layers
form an almost skin-like membrane, bearing the physical traces of its environment. In
II
(2023), Wang allows the wash of her black watercolor pigment to pool and fall, forming a pair
of kindred spirits. Like Yamin, Wang embraces the soft power of water.
Like waves on a shore,
whose constant repetition shapes and erodes, constructing the shoreline, images–
commercial, political, personal, and mythological–wash over our beings, shaping the formation of
identity through repetition.

Morgan, Yamin, Benbenisty, and Wang consider the impulse to revise, to correct, and to revisit.
Their attempts at correction serve only to underscore the ambiguity of symbols, the
delusions, and failures of myth, and the impossibility of revising history. Yet by re-engaging
with the past, the artists in the exhibition return to elements of errata, and, through their
material processes,
recombine them into active containers of presence.

Source Credit:  Content and images from Wall Street International Magazine by .  Read the original article - https://www.meer.com/en/78571-errata