There's a new OPHRAH in town and she's an artist. Sure she spells her name a little different but who wouldn't? Her last name is SHEMESH, and she hails from Israel. Her first solo show will be held at FREIGHT and VOLUME (this is her 3rd show in NYC) is titled "I and Thou "
23 Feb - 29 Mar 2008
the following info is from the article in re-title:
"Ophrah Shemesh's subjects are simultaneously submissive and empowered. She addresses notions of objectification, narcissism, and the male/female psychodynamic. Her figures appear with an ambiguously fixed stare - never directed or confrontational, but always to a third party - or to oneself looking inward. These portraits could be considered eloquent depictions of either loneliness or independence. " David Freedberg
Shemesh's newest suite of paintings I and Thou are based loosely on the poignant '70s art house film Night Porter, a tragic love story starring Charlotte Rampling who turns tables, years later, on her Nazi captor. But these iconic male and female images only use the film as a starting point, in their almost Balthusian investigation of transcendent themes of love, strength and vulnerability, opposite attraction, domination and submission, and ultimate redemption between the sexes.