Date: September 12-December 5
Where: Gallery 360
Israeli artist Leor Grady (www.leorgrady.com/) will be exhibiting “Before You: Works on Paper” at Northeastern’s Gallery 360. The meditative works in the show consist of two series of threaded drawings on paper. In one, bodies of water are extracted from new and old maps of the Middle East, stripped of political borders and threaded into abstract shapes. In the other, gold threaded Hebrew text are extracted from Jewish liturgy. The works also include two small threaded letters, the 8th and the 16th letters of the Hebrew alphabet stitched in gold, intended to exemplify the guttural, Arabic-sounding formal Hebrew intonations. Muted in spoken Hebrew, these sounds are symbolic of the cultural admission price Jews from Muslim countries have to pay in order to blend in with the new Israeli culture and also conceptually of the different Israeli presence within its Arab region. Working with embroidery, a nod to Grady’s Yemeni heritage, the artist uses text, language and tradition to reflect its poetics of the mundane.