Toba Khedoori: Paintings
Opening on Saturday, May 4th, the gallery will present the work of Los Angeles-based artist, Toba Khedoori. This will be the artist's first one-person exhibition in New York. Last year, her large-scale paintings were featured prominently at the 1995 Whitney Biennial.
Toba Khedoori works on large pieces of rolled out paper which are butted against each other and are stapled directly to the wall. The paper itself is treated with a thin coat of translucent wax which the artist scrapes meticulously to create a support for her images. The precisely rendered subjects are familiar and instantly recognizable: images of a train, a house, a chain link fence, an empty room are positioned relatively central on these sheets of white waxed paper. The scale of the work, some measuring up to 11 by 20 feet and the bluntness of these everyday objects demands further investigation: one tries to define the space around the object; to determine the scale of the object in relation to its real-life counterparts; to distinguish whether one is looking at a drawing or a painting and whether the work is finished or not.