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Driss Tijani
Brooklyn, NY
Website: http://
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights

Media:Sculptural;


ARTIST STATEMENT:
WI-FI OUT OF ORDER
Digital devices are claiming our constant attention, and, in this age of gadgets galore, technological burn-out is slowly but surely ensuing.

These impressionistic readers are a part of a series of paper-made sculptures that politely but resolutely asks that we pause, silence all our demanding gadgetry, and contemplate the seemingly unassuming pursuit of reading in its purest form--still a marvel and a wonder in its simplicity, yet power to transform. WI-FI OUT OF ORDER is not meant to be an assault on technological advances but rather a simple appeal to relish the unencumbered pleasure of reading the traditional and time-honored way, which the artist fears might soon become extinct.

When WI-FI is working (wink, wink), please send your comments to: dtijani@cs.com

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Transforming inexpensive, recycled paper with a water-wash, and twisting wire hangers into spines, Driss has shaped figures inspired by and reminiscent of the life-sized plaster-cast sculptures created by George Segal, who often depicted average people in ordinary moments in time.

The arrangement and staging of these paper readers were influenced by Lewis Hine's black and white photography of the Chrysler Building. The most recognizable and iconic was that of men breaking for lunch, perilously perched on a beam high above the ground. Similarly, the positioning of Driss' print readers on a beam reflects his trepidation and sense of foreboding that they, too, may be in precarious position, close to the brink of extinction.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST



An artisan, art facilitator and lover of all things books, Driss Tijani finds inspiration in the work of diverse artists across all disciplines.

Moroccan-born and educated at Pratt Institute in Information Sciences, he later worked extensively in the field of film and television (see IMDB listing), and currently indulges his eclectic interests with classes at artistic centers ranging from the BRIC Arts Media Center in Brooklyn, to the Art Students League in Manhattan, to the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia.

As an art facilitator, Driss assists local artists, studio and gallery owners in achieving their creative visions by performing such necessary, behind-the -scenes tasks as transporting and mounting art, repairing facilities, etc. In the process, he has handled artwork by such notable artists as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

 








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