On three separate print series, Nomi Silverman: Giving Voice challenges the viewer to confront their own biases toward homosexuality and homelessness in her Matthew Shepard and Homeless sequences, and provokes an internal dialogue about the intoxication and often corrupting force of power in Shakespeare’s antagonistic anti-hero, Macbeth.
“Silverman, with an intense love of rendering the human figure, uses her subject matter to express concerns about liberty, fear and hope while thoughtfully sifting through the shifting shadows of darker social concerns,” explains the Fairfield Arts Center, which is mounting the show. It opens with a reception this Friday evening.
I first encountered Silverman’s work at HCC and am glad she’s still exhibiting locally. Her work is powerful stuff, heavy without being heavy handed. And she won’t let gallery-goers get too contented with the world we have made for ourselves, even as we nibble cheese and crackers at an art opening.
Additionally, a panel discussion is planned 12:30-1:30 on Jan. 5. The exhibition runs through Jan. 7.