Night Shift – an Art Show
Copyright Vladimir Kagan, November 25, 2012
I am in Europe and in Geneva for one purpose: to consummate a promise given six months earlier – to help my sister, Tanya Kagan-Josefowitz mount her gallery show of drawings, paintings and “creatures”.
Meet Tanya… In the day, she lords it over a complex household - she is a superb cook – her soups are world-class – she is the matriarch of her scattered family – she mothers her husband, who has Altzheimer and in her spare time, she entertains ceaselessly. By night she turns from Jekyll into Hyde – she becomes a compulsive artist: she paints till three in the morning! She finds her peace in solitude. She is the only person I may call at anytime, day or night, she is always awake.
Her show is the product of two intensive years of work. Her painted “creatures” are her bête noire. She breathes life into cast-off mannequins by endowing them with imaginative colors, shapes, and witty sayings.
To create a suitable background for Tanya’s show, the gallery was transformed from day into night. White walls were painted a dark taupe; a runway was created down the center of the gallery for Tanya’s “creatures” to parade on. The floors are carpeted in black with sparkling silver reflecting a star-filled midnight sky. The show is the combined effort of Tanya and two of her creative friends; Ann Lalumière, an art curator and Jane Kelly van Lanschot Hubrecht, an event planner. The three ladies have conceived a spectacular show. By the time I arrived, my input was superfluous, but it was great fun being the referee when there was an impasse.
Her nephew, Paul Josefowitz, a world-renowned art critic describes her work this way.
I am man, I am mannequin,
I am headless, armless vestiges of Greek Gods.
Plastic for form, colour for soul.
Resin and acrylic are my DNA.
Tanya Kagan has transformed the timeless nature of the
human body into her very own creation.
From simple parts come visions of unworldly patterns.
From the store windows of lifeless consumption and discarded
fantasies emerges a complex universe of feelings transplanted on
a classic past and taking us to an untamed future.
Paul Josefowitz 2012
At night, while her “creatures” look on in silence, she interprets man and beast on canvas; she captures the images of friends, real and imagined, with confident single-stroke ink-drawings on paper. These sketches, a 150 of them, line two of the gallery walls.
Opening Night - the Vermisage
Her show can now be seen at the Gallery Nest, located on a charming street in Geneva’s Old Town, on the highest hills above the famous lake. This 14th Century remnant of the walled city is amazingly intact and in typical Swiss fashion, exquisitely preserved. It is filled with galleries, boutiques, and tucked-away restaurants amongst the architectural treasures.
If any of my readers are near Geneva in the next three weeks, I urge you to visit the show. A catalog of the show is available for 48 Swiss Francs, including cost of shipping. All proceeds go to charity. Make checks payable to Tanya Josefowitz c/o Gallery Nest, rue Etienne-Dumont 14, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland. (For my American friends, you needn’t bother transposing francs into dollars… they’re about on a par. Sorry, no credit cards)
Exhibit opened November 23 till December 8
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm
Rue Etienne-Dumont 14