Opening this weekend at Freight and Volume in New York City will be “I and Thou,” new paintings by Israeli-born artist Ophrah Shemesh. This will be the artist’s debut exhibition with the gallery, and her third in NYC. Her work confronts and explores the psychology of the gaze, objectifying women by placing them in vulnerable and seductive situations. Shemesh is aware that she is working in a long art historic line of artists whose work functions through the gaze, and she addresses the notions of objectification with a quite empowerment embodied by her subjects. Her current body of paintings is based on the ’70s art house film “Night Porter,” a tragic love story of a woman and her Nazi captor.
Shemesh received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and continued her studies at the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (NYSS). She has completed solo exhibitions at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, Baumgartner Gallery, New York and Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, and her work has be featured in Art in America and Bomb Magazine as well as several other publications.